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Monday, January 22, 2007

English translation of Reyes v. Chile online....

In September, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a landmark ruling in Reyes v. Chile, holding that individuals have a fundamental human right to access government information under Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights. The Court condemned the government of Chile for denying requests from several environmental activists for impact assessments related to a controversial logging project in a native forest. The Court ordered Chile to comply with the information request and to put in place a freedom of information law to protect the right of access for all citizens. The ruling is binding on all members of the Organization of American States that have both ratified the American Convention on Human Rights and have voluntarily submitted to the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court. (The U.S. has done neither, so is not bound).

The decision was not previously available in English, but the translation has just been released and is available at http://www.corteidh.or.cr/.

The link to the word document version is http://www.corteidh.or.cr/docs/casos/articulos/seriec_151_ing.doc.

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