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  • 18 July 2014

    New RTI Law in Maldives Goes Into Effect

    The Maldives government is taking steps to implement the new right to information law that went into effect July 12, according to an article in The Sun. The president’s spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz said information officers have been appointed at all government officers and that the president has nominated an Information Commissioner for parliament’s approval.? President […]

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  • 17 January 2014

    Maldives President Signs RTI Bill into Law; 99th in World

    Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Jan. 11 signed into the Right to Information Act Transparency Maldives hailed the ratification of the act as “major step forward for good governance and transparency.” The parliament approved the bill (in Dhivehi) in December. (See previous report.) The Maldives is the 99th country in the world […]

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  • 30 December 2013

    Maldives Parliament OKs Access to Information Law

    The Parliament in the Maldives Dec. 29 nearly unanimously approved Access to Information legislation. If signed by the president, the Maldives would be the 97th country with a FOI regime. Passage “was an important step towards increasing transparency of the state institutions, ensuring greater accountability of public officials, and fighting corruption,” according to a statement […]

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  • 25 October 2012

    Maldives Official Signals RTI Bill May Move This Year

    The Speaker of the Parliament in the Maldives said Oct. 22 that a right to information bill could pass out of a committee by the end of this year, according to several news reports. Speaker Abdulla Shahid make his comment at the conclusion of a one-day conference on access to information sponsored by Transparency Maldives. […]

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  • 6 October 2005

    IMF Modifies Disclosure Policy to Address Deletions, Delay

    The International Monetary Fund has taken steps that may reduce the number of deletions made in the publicly disclosed versions of its key reports about member countries, including the significant Article IV reports. The moves come after an internal report found that more than one-third of the published reports “incorporate substantive changes” as a result […]

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Constitution of the Republic of Maldives (English translation) (2008)


Right to Information Act (Dhivehi) (English) (2014)



Transparency Maldives


Maldivian Democracy Network



Analysis of Maldives FOI bill and recommendations for amendments - Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (2006)



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.