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Rights groups demand immediate passage of Right to Information Bill

(MFWA/IFEX) - June 22, 2012 - Rights groups in Ghana on June 20, 2012 organised a national conference in Accra to intensify their long campaign for the country to pass into law the long delayed Right to Information Bill which was laid before Parliament in 2010.

The Conference was organised by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in collaboration with African Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) and the Ghana Coalition on the Right to Information.

The over 50 participants who attended the conference were drawn from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and elsewhere. It was addressed by prominent activists including Nana Oye Lithur, Ghana RTI Coalition, Prof. Kwame Karikari, MFWA, who chaired the meeting, Akoto Ampaw of the National Media Commission of Ghana, Maxwell Kadiri, Open Society Justice Initiative, Patrick Tumwine, Human Rights Network of Uganda (HURINET), and Alison Tilley of Open Democratic Advice Centre, South Africa.

In a communiqué adopted at the end of the conference, the participants urged Parliament to pass the bill before the December elections as the majority leader Cletus Avoka promised earlier this week.

Read the communiqué

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