Access for Rights

Using the Right of Access to Information to protect Human Rights

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Rendition on Record


Access Info Europe and Reprieve have used the right of access to information to investigate flights associated with “extraordinary rendition” – the covert transfer of prisoners by the USA from locations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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Policing Of Protests


Access Info Europe asked 42 countries for information about the use of force by police in protest situations, ranging from the use of equipment such as rubber bullets, batons and water cannons, to training of police officers and evaluation reports.

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Detention of Migrants

Access Info Europe and the Global Detention Project submitted requests to 33 governments about the detention of migrants as part of an initiative aimed at improving transparency of immigration detention practices.

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More News on Human Rights Transparency

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UNESCO urged to be transparent about its transparency policy!

Madrid, 21 December 2016 - Over 50 of the world’s leading civil society organisations, along with key experts, have called on UNESCO to share a draft access to information policy, which it is currently being discussed inside the organisation. In a letter to UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova, the civil society access to information groups stress “the cardinal importance of [...]

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Post it-sized minutes of European Council meetings unacceptable says Access Info Europe

Madrid, 8 July 2016 – Access Info Europe has denounced the European Council’s recurrent lack of detail in its record-keeping, something highlighted by the shockingly minimalist minutes of the 17-18 March 2016 European Council meeting during which the so-called EU-Turkey “agreement” was concluded. The minutes of this significant meeting on the refugee crisis, which produced a controversial solution – many [...]

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Access Info condemns slashing of World Bank’s Access to Information Unit

Calls for Transparency to be core part of future governance agenda Madrid, 7 June 2016 - Access Info Europe has criticised the decision by the World Bank to axe its department working on access to information and called on it to keep promotion of transparency as a core part of promoting good, open government. Access Info also expressed concern that [...]

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We Have the Right to Know: Is the EU-Turkey Deal Legal? So We’re Asking.

Madrid, 18 March 2016 – As EU leaders meet in Brussels to finalise details of last week’s controversial deal on sending refugees back from Greece to Turkey, Access Info Europe is launching an access to information campaign digging into the legality of the agreement, and asking EU institutions whether they sought legal advice on or properly evaluated the human rights [...]

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The Uncounted: Lack Of Migrant Detention Data Denounced

Madrid/Geneva, 17 November 2015 - A serious lack of information about the number of migrants and asylum seekers in detention across Europe is impeding informed public debate, report Access Info Europe and the Global Detention Project following submission of access to information requests in 33 countries. The report comes as EU heads of government meet in Brussels for their last [...]

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Excessive exceptions impede access to draft transparency policy of UN environmental body

Madrid, 3 December 2015 - Access Info Europe has raised concerns about unnecessary exceptions to access that have been included in the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) draft transparency policy which, if adopted in its current form, would severely restrict transparency inside the world’s highest environmental-protection authority. As part of a submission to UNEP’s public consultation on the policy, the [...]

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Sustainable Development Goals Now Include Commitments on Transparency and Participation

Madrid, 4 August 2015 – Access Info Europe, along with the other members of the Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network, have welcomed the inclusion of specific references to open data, transparency and participation in the outcome document summarising the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. The organisations had previously written to all UN delegations on 9 April 2015 with [...]

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Civil society secures European Parliament support for transparency of mineral imports

Madrid, 22 May 2015 – The European Parliament this week took a strong stance in favour of binding rules on transparency for the mineral extraction industry, following a letter sent to MEPs signed by 157 civil society organisations, including Access Info Europe, calling for action to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals. The civil society letter called on MEPs [...]

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The Transparency of the Policing of Protests

Report finds Europe-wide Lack of Transparency of Policing of Protests Madrid, 24 April 2015 - There is a serious lack of transparency about the use of various types of equipment during policing of protests according to a report published today by Access Info Europe, following research conducted in 42 countries and territories across Europe by means of access to information [...]

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Global civil society mobilise to put transparency at heart of UN development agenda

Madrid, 14 April 2015 - Transparency, accountability and participation must be at the heart of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Financing for Development (FfD) agenda according to a position paper published today by the Transparency, Accountability and Participation in Post-2015 (TAP) Network, which was supported by Access Info Europe and 26 other civil society organisations from around [...]

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