Guatemalan Congress approves Public Information Access Law

The law, which regulates access to information publicly administered information, will come into effect 180 days after it is published.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


The regulations guarantee the people the right to request and access government information.
Public information is defined to include: budget reports, deposit of public funds, usufruct concessions and list of works in progress, etc.

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Honduras: Delay in Enforcement of Official Secrets Act

January 2014

Congress has for the moment suspended the enactment of the controversial law approved a few days ago.

The Honduran Congress has for the moment suspended the much opposed law which was believed to be unconstitutional and it has sent it to a special committee for review and definition on whether it contradicts the Law on Access to Information.

Public Information Access Law in Effect

September 2011

The Salvadoran President has approved and ordered the publishing of the regulations of the Law on Access to Public Information, which will come into force on 10 September.

A statement by the President of El Salvador reads:

The President, Mauricio Funes, has approved and ordered the publishing of the regulations of the Law on Access to Public Information, which will appear in the Official Gazette on September 2 and will become effective on the 10th of this month.

Costa Rica and El Salvador the only ones without Public Information Access Law

September 2008

Following the adoption in Guatemala of the Law on Public Information Access, El Salvador and Costa Rica are the only ones in the isthmus that lack a similar law.

The Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) presented yesterday its draft law on transparency and access to public information.

Access to Information Law in Guatemala

June 2008

Las week the session of Congress introduced a bill called the Access to Public Information Law.

In the midst of the turbulance caused by the transparency scandals in the Legislature, the law could not have arrived at a better time. Now that the deputies are "washing their faces" before the citizens they are starting to approve this initiative.

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