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  • 29 January 2015

    Rwanda Groups Establish Site for Making Access Requests

    A new web portal established by Rwandan nongovernmental organizations will facilitate access to information. The new web portal is designed to provide an online channel for inquiries to be submitted straight to information officers. The website, Sobanukirwa, makes it possible to make requests anonymously. Sobanukirwa is translated into English, French and Kinyarwanda. Fredrick Akaranganwa, the Head […]

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  • 26 November 2014

    Rwanda’s commitment to transparency, a key to development

    By Wakesho Kililo The author works for Article 19 – Eastern Africa. This is a chapter from a recently issued State of Right to Information in Africa Report 2014 and is reprinted with permission. (See previous report.) Rwanda has ratified all African Union treaties that promote the right to information, except the African Charter on the Values […]

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News Archive

  • 18 April 2014

    Rwandan Agencies Failing to Appoint Information Officers

    Barely a quarter of Rwandan public institutions have followed a mandate in the Access to Information Law to appoint information officers. An official in the Office of Ombudsman said only 28 percent of the designations have been made, according to a New Times report by Eugene Kwibuka. According to the article, a year after the […]

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  • 13 March 2013

    Rwanda Publishes New Law on Right to Information

    Rwanda has a right to information law, the 11th in Africa and the 94th in the world. The new law was formally gazetted on March 11 (See Official Gazette No 10, the March 11 issue, page 66). It was passed by parliament in November 2012. The law came into force on the date of publication and several […]

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  • 13 June 2011

    Rwanda Cabinet Okays Access to Information Bill

    The Rwandan Cabinet June 1 approved an Access to Information bill and supporters are hoping for it to be signed into law in late September. ARTICLE 19 urged the Rwandan Parliament to pass the bill. “The Rwandan Government’s adoption of the Access to Information Bill is a clear acknowledgement of the key role free flow […]

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  • 25 February 2011

    Rwanda Cabinet Considering Revised Access Legislation

    A revised draft Access to Information Bill is now pending before the Rwandan Cabinet, whose approval is necessary prior to Parliament’s action. The new draft legislation recently won praise from the London-based freedom of expression group Article 19. “The bill sets out progressive standards on access to information including a strong public interest test, short […]

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LEGAL DOCUMENTS Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda (2o14 revision) (Article 38 pertains to FOI) Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda (2003) (Article 34 pertains to FOI) Law N° 04/2013 Relating to Access to Information (2012) (Effective March 11, 2013) The law begins on page 66 (in English, French and Kinyarwanda)   REQUEST SITE Sobanukirwa  



Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.