El Salvador: Law on Access to Information

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

Friday, March 4, 2011

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.

The decision was adopted with 80 votes and received support from all parliamentary groups, although some congressmen reasoned that one year for the law to take effect was too long but that they would support the changes because they wanted to pass the law even if it took a year to see the it come into effect.

Originally, the regulation established a time frame of six months for citizens to begin requesting information.

Of the seven observations made by the President on the Law passed on December 2, 2010, lawmakers accepted only two, the timeframe for the law to come into effect and the removal of the property owned by the State from free access, classifying that information as confidential.

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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: Access to Information Law Urgent

January 2011

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

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.

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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