Torshaugv. 2 C
N-7020 Trondheim, 6. January 2002
Mr Antanas Valionis
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
Permanent Representation of Lithuania
42, rue Schweighaeuser
67000 Strasbourg - France
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I appreciate the contribution of the new democracies to freedom of information (also called right to know or public access to official documents or administrative transparency): http://wkeim.bplaced.net/wkeim/foi-constitutions-eu.gif, http://wkeim.bplaced.net/foi-europe.gif and made a valuable contribution that this right is now widely recognized as human right (Enclosure 1: Freedom of Information: An Internationally protected Human Right by Toby MENDEL).
I appreciate that the political priorities of your Chairmanship will be democratic reforms in Europe and promotion of human rights.
of information ("right to seek information") is based
on § 19 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights given by UN.
Unfortunately the right to seek information was forgotten in § 10
of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Freedom of Information was "invented" 1766 in Sweden. 1966 the USA followed up. European experts needed 15 years to come up with a recommendation. In 1981 the Council of Europe gave "Recommendation No. R (81) 19" on the access to information held by public authorities.
In the 90s this issue became a priority and the Council of Europe asked the Group of Specialists on access to official information (DH-S-AC) work out a legally binding document, but the result is just another recommendation (Enclosure 2: Draft Recommendation Access to Official Documents).
I would like to ask the Council of Europe to end this sad history by making this Recommendation on Access to Official Documents a binding convention.
Unfortunately Germany does not have Freedom of information (Enclosure 3): nor does it translate Recommendations of the Council of Europe. Please find enclosed my suggestion to the German foreign minister to translate and publish recommendations:
I would like to suggest to consider if it would be helpful
that the Council of Europe makes it a duty for member states to
translate the Councils recommendations to member states
This letter is published on the Internet: http://wkeim.bplaced.net/020106coe.htm.
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of information came 1766 to
to Finland, 1966
to den USA and 1970 to
Norway. In 1981 the Council of Europe gave "Recommendation
No. R (81) 19" on the access to information held by
public authorities. Since then nearly all countries in the EU and
Europe adopted such laws. However citizen rights in member states
vary and there are no minimum standards. In order to keep up with
the international development freedom of information should be
strengthened in member states.
Support Freedom of Information, by the following E-Mail to the European Council (click here):
I support the call to the European Council for a democratic and accountable Freedom of Information Convention on access to public documents in member states.
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Thanks to all who have given comments and contributed to improve this petition. Please do not hesitate to mail me if you have comments.
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