On this page we have collated some of the most useful principles and documents that set standards for advancing and defending the right of access to information.
We are also currently in the process of drafting two sets of Access Info principles on Access to Information and Proactive Publication.
Access Info Principles:
Five Principles for an Open and Accountable NATO
Civil Society Standards and Declarations
Justice Initiative Ten Principles on the Right to Know
Article 19, Public’s Right to Know, Principles on Freedom of Information Legislation
Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right of Access to Information
Budapest Declaration on Right of Access to Information
Transparency Charter for International Financial Institutions:
Claiming our Right to Know
Declaration on Parliamentary Openness
Link to the Declaration Download the declaration
Council of Europe Convention on Access to Documents
Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
Inter-governmental Principles and Recommendations
Organisation of American States, Inter-American Judicial Committee, Principles on the Right of Access to Information
Council of Europe Recommendation 2002(2) on access to official documents
African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa
Unesco’s Maputo Declaration on Fostering Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and Empowerment of People
Declarations by international freedom of expression rapporteurs
See, Intergovernmental Materials on Free Expression from Article 19, including the 2004 joint declaration on International Mechanisms for Promoting Freedom of Expression.