Access to Information: An enabling and fundamental human right


APAI Declaration Signatories

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The APAI Declaration has been endorsed by over 260 organisations, institutions and individuals, as well as representatives of regional and international organisations, national governments, civil society organisations, trade unions and professional bodies, including:

  • The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture, through Resolution 38 C/70, adopted on November 17, 2015;

  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights by its Resolution 222, adopted in May 2012;

  • The Pan African Parliament, through the Midrand Declaration on Press Freedom in Africa, adopted in May 2013;

  • Mr. Janis Karklins, then Assistant Director-General of UNESCO;

  • Ms Habiba Mejri-Cheikh, then Director of Information and Communication at the African Union Commission (AUC);

  • Advocate Pansy Tlakula, then Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, who moved the motion for the adoption of the APAI Declaration on September 19, 2011;

  • Mr. Frank La Rue, then UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, on September 19, 2011;

  • The Government of Liberia, represented by the Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Norris Tweah, who seconded the motion for the adoption of the APAI Declaration on September 19, 2011;

  • The Government of Nigeria, represented by then Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku; and

  • The Government of South Africa, represented by then Deputy Minister of Communications, Hon. Obed Bapela.

The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Declaration of September 2011 is a regional instrument that looks at access to information in its entirety, as a right that furthers development in various spheres, and is relevant to numerous sectors and society at large. In this spirit, the APAI Declaration concerns itself with, among other pertinent issues: access to information and elections, access to information and health, access to information and children, access to information and persons living with disabilities.

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African Platform on Access to Information
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Plateforme africaine sur l’accès à l’information
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Plataforma Africana para Acesso à Informação
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