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  • 10 May 2013

    First Commissioner Named by President in Yemen

    Yemen President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadion May 6 appointed Samir Amin Noman as the country’s first  information commissioner The appointment came about a year after passage of the new FOI law. Noman is an information systems specialist and previously worked for the Social Fund for Development, according to an article in the Yemen Times. “We […]

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  • 20 June 2012

    Yemen FOI Bill Finalized With Six Presidential Amendments

    Yemen on June 20 finalized its freedom of information law with some last-minute alterations, according to sources familiar with the development. Final approval was cemented by Parliament’s acceptance of changes to the law recommended by the president. The six amendments offered by Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi were considered acceptable by the bill’s supporters, according […]

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  • 17 May 2012

    New Yemen Law Ranks High on International Scale

    The legislation passed in Yemen on the right of access to information, currently awaiting presidential assent, scores fairly high on an international rating scale The Centre for Law and Democracy analysis gives it 102 out of a possible 150 points, putting it in 21st place globally. “The law’s strongest features include its broad scope and […]

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  • 4 May 2012

    Yemeni Parliament Passes Right to Information Law

    Yemen’s parliament April 24 approved a right to information bill.  The legislation was first presented in 2008 by MP Ali Hussein Ashaal, of the Islah party, according to a Yemen Times article. “This was followed by another draft presented by the Ministry of Information, and since deliberations on both drafts have been proceeding off and […]

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  • 14 January 2010

    Inspection Panel Case Plants Seeds of Cultural Change at World Bank

    A complaint brought by a Yemeni organization to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel has produced some positive and unexpected results: a much delayed translation of a key program document that had sparked the original complaint, and an ambitious action plan, drawn up by the Bank’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) management, which aims to further […]

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  • 21 April 2009

    Yemeni Group Says Lack of Translation Inhibited Transparency

    On April 13, 2009, the Yemen Observatory for Human Rights, a civil society organization based in Sana’a, officially submitted their case regarding the World Bank’s translation framework to the World Bank Inspection Panel. The forthcoming case is the culmination of the Bank’s rejection of repeated requests by Yemeni civil society groups to translate a key […]

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  • 7 April 2009

    Cairo Declaration Embodies Fundamental Consensus on the Access to Information in the Arab World

    Cairo, Egypt — In January, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), the National Council of Human Rights, and the Center of Media Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa organized a regional conference in Cairo for the Arab Freedom of Information Network. Representatives from six countries (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Mauritania, and Yemen) […]

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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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  • 1 June 2002

    World Bank Begins Pilot Programs on Disclosure

    Some 20 countries are about to embark on pilot programs with the World Bank in which they will disclose and disseminate more information than they have in the past – that is, more than what Bank policy currently requires. The exact dimensions of this effort will become clearer once the Bank makes an official announcement […]

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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.