The Rwandan constitution explicitly provides for access to information and the protection of freedom of speech and the press, it guarantees freedom of access to information in its Article 34.
Rwanda has also ratified a number of international treaties related to the protection and promotion of access to information and this include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December, 1948, especially in Article 19; the International Covenant of 16 December 1966 on Civil and Political Rights as ratified by the Decree-Law no 08/75 of 12/02/1975, particularly in article 19; and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 27 June 1981 as ratified by Law no 10/1983 of 01/07/1983, especially in Article 9.
It has also enacted the access to information Law N° 04/2013 of 08/02/2013 relating to Access to Information published in the official gazettes on 11th of March 2013, the accompanying ministerial orders/ guidelines in were also January 2014
The Open Democracy & Sustainable Development Initiative (ODESUDI) is an not-for-profit organisation that was launched in January 2012 to advocate for the enactment of ATI Law and to facilitate the promotion of FOI in Rwanda using existing legal instruments together with international standards. It is the only specialist Centre of its kind in Rwanda that focuses on access to information.
ODESUDI seeks to guarantee a government characterized by open governance and where every citizen enjoys his/her rights on access to information and other rights (civil and political, social, economic and cultural rights as well as collective rights.
Our mission is to promote open democracy and good governance especially through promoting Citizen’s access to public information.
Our work focuses on the following main objectives:
To facilitate the right of all persons to have access to information held by public authorities through advocating the public authorities to proactively publish and disseminate information to the public;