El Salvador: Access to Information Law Urgent

The Economic Development Foundation (FUSADES), asked the President to urgently approve the Law on Access to Public Information.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The majority at the Legislature agreed on a historic approval, so Fusades believes this is the time to complete the formation process of the law since the legislative proposal has been discussed for over 2 years. The legislation provides for a gradual implementation by setting different time frames for the law to enter into full effect.

It also unveiled that there is an international expectation for El Salvador to have this kind of law and advance the democratic process, citing international support organizations working to defend freedom of expression and access to information.

It called on the executive to lead the implementation process of the law by issuing, as soon as possible, rules for electing the commissioners of the Institute for Access to Public Information and ensuring adequate budget allocation to create the new institution.

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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.

El Salvador: Law on Access to Information

March 2011

The new deadline for enforcement of the government transparency law will be one year.

The Legislature partially agreed with some of the observations done by the Executive branch, including recognition that some of the time frames included on the text were insufficient considering the purpose of the law and that a data base containing the information must first be created.

El Salvador: Transparency Law Stagnates

July 2010

Two bills presented in 2008 and 2009 have not made any progress in the legislative assembly.

The bills relate to the transparency of and access to information and seek to guarantee citizens' rights to know what the government is doing.

"Claudia Umaña, from the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (Fusades), said last week that, despite being in the national interest, the issue continues to face resistance, particularly political," reports Diariocolatino.com.

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.

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