El Salvador: Transparency Law Stagnates

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

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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.

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

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

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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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