Dear Friend, I am writing to you as someone interested or involved in work on the right to information. For your information - 28 September will be celebrated as International Rights To Know Day, as declared by the International Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIA Net). It is hoped that by designating a specific day to mark the importance of the right to know, the work of individual activists around the world can be brought together under an international banner and the cause can thereby be highlighted more effectively. 2003 saw the celebration of the inaugural Right to Know Day. In 2004, FOIA Net is hoping that more activists will use the day - or the period around the date, if more appropriate - as an opportunity to actively draw attention to RTI issues throughout the world. Examples of the kinds of actions which civil society groups might engage in on Right to Know Day include: * national media campaigns to raise awareness of the right * publication of reports about the current state of access to information a country or region * advocacy for adoption of an access to information law in countries which do not have one * dissemination of information about how to use access to information laws in countries where they exist * seminars for local civil society groups on how to access government held information (whether or not a law exists in a particular country) * meetings or televised debates about open government and public participation Hopefully, in coming together as a group of activists working in solidarity on this issue, our individual efforts will have more impact and will get the momentum going at national and international governance levels. If you want to find out more about RTK Day, please log on to http://www.foiadvocates.net/rkd.htm or feel free to contact me or any of the other members of the Steering Committee (see the list attached). Please also forward this message to any of your contacts that are also working on the issue of the right to information and encourage them to get involved. If your organisation holds any activities or publishes any articles/papers to mark Right to Know Day, we would also be grateful if you could send Mr Karen Andreasyan (email@example.com), who provides Secretariat services to FOIA Net, information on the activity and/or a copy of the article, so that we can add that information to the FOIA Net website. Kind regards, Charmaine Rodrigues Steering Committee Member, FOI Advocates Network and Coordinator, Right to Information Programme, CHRI Address: Second Flr, B-117, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi, India, 110017 Phone: +91-11-2652 8152, 2685 0523 Fax: +91-11-2686 4688 Website: www.humanrightsinitiative.org ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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