Subject: Should GRECO and HRC experts do the job they are paid for?
<From: "Walter Keim " <>
Date: 04.11.2012 14:51
To: "'Foianet'" <>
CC: "Mr. Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur" <>

Dear all,

two of the achievements of the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) after 10 years are:
1) International Recognition as a Human Right
  · RTI is now firmly recognised as an internationally guaranteed human right, with decisions at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights, and global recognition by the UN Human Rights Committee
2) Rapid Increase in National Legal Recognition
  · The number of national RTI laws has more than doubled since 2002, from 42 to 93 countries, comprising over three-quarters of the world’s population, with a concomitant growth in constitutional recognition for RTI
However Germany does not follow this trend:
  1. 84 states with approx. 5.5 billion inhabitants i. e. 78% of the world population give better access to information then the federal Freedom of Information Law in Germany (  
  2. more than 115 states ( with more then 5.9 billion inhabitants i. e. 84 % of the worlds population adopted FOI laws or provisions in constitutions. 5 German states with half of the population lack FOI laws.
  3. The UN Convention against Corruption is ratified by more than 159 states with more then 6,5 billion inhabitants, but not by Germany
However national authorities, regional ( EU, CoE, OSCE ) and global mechanisms (HRC: CCPR) did not support access to information and anticorruption in Germany.

Since 2001 I tried to make parliaments, politicians, the press, NGOs and courts aware of the human right of access to information. However only the Pirate Party seems to take note of this in Germany.

EU (Parliament, Commission, Agency for Fundamental Rights), Council of Europe (Parliament, Commissioner for Human Rights, ECHR), International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), and OSCE did not help.

Both GRECO (States against Corruption) and HRC (UN Human Rights Committee) did not support the human right of access to information.

Is it time to demand that these experts do the job they are paid for?


Walter Keim
UN-Menschenrechtsausschuss: Deutsche Informationsfreiheits-
gesetze in der Kritik:
Is it possible to enforce access to information in Bavaria?


Subject: Who will support Germany?
Dato: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:51:32 +0100
Fra: Walter Keim <>
Til: 'Foianet' <>

Germany has to improve the federal FOI law, adopt FOI laws in 5 local states (Bundesländer), ratify COE and UN conventions against corruption and improve transparency of funding of political parties to catch up with Europe, America, OSCE, OECD and BRIC states (see weakness no. 2, 3, 4, 8, 34, 35 and 52 of National Integrity Report Transparency Germany).

Who will support Germany?:
Walter Keim
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