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7 September 2017 -The Centre for Human Rights on 6 September had the pleasure to host a delegation from the Sri Lanka Right to Information Commission (the Commission) on Wednesday 6 September. The delegation which comprised three Commissioners, the Director General as well as the Legal and Research Officer of the Commission met with the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Prof Frans Viljoen and the head of the Access to Information (ATI) Unit, Dr Lola Shyllon.

After over twelve years of advocacy, the Sri Lankan Parliament in June 2016 adopted the Right to Information Bill which became law in August 2016. The Right to Information Act which is widely regarded as one of the most progressive in the world, came into force in February 2017. Following the appointment of the last two members of the five-member Commission in December 2016, and the coming into force of the Act, the Commission is now faced with the task of implementing its far-reaching oversight mandate.

The purpose of the visit was thus for the Commission to learn from the CHR’s experience in research, training, advocacy and implementation on ATI across the continent, specifically with respect to: challenges in institutionalising best practices on proactive disclosure of information; the application of ATI laws to both public and private entities; and the digitisation of information to address record keeping challenges.

The meeting involved a lively exchange of ideas and information on the progressive normative content of the Sri Lankan Act, and how this compared with the Model Law on Access to Information for Africa (Model Law). Also discussed were the current and possible future challenges to the implementation of the Sri Lankan Act based on the implementation of the existing ATI regime in South Africa. The lessons learnt from across the continent in terms of advocacy and implementation initiatives for the Model Law which have been led by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Commissioner Pansy Tlakula, with the support of the CHR and its partners, were also shared.

This visit is expected to be the first of numerous information sharing engagements and the beginning of mutually beneficial collaboration between both institutions.

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Airline Pilots’ Guild v. Sri Lankan Airlines - [...]

Appellant: The Airline Pilots’of Sri Lanka

Public Authority: Sri Lankan Airlines

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 13.11.2017, 08.01.2018, 06.02.2018, 23.03.2018, 24.04.2018 and 09.05.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/99/2017 - Airline Pilots’ Guild v. Sri Lankan Airlines

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/99/2017 - Jurisdiction

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/99/2017 - Final Order

Anver Sadath v Base Hospital Nintavur  - [...]

Appellant: Anver Sadath

Public Authority: Base Hospital Nintavur

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 18/06/2019, 17/07/2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1183/2018

 

B. J. Rasanen v Zonal Education Office Valikamam [...]

Appellant: B. J. Rasanen

Public Authority: Zonal Education Office Valikamam

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 30.04.2019, 13.08.2019, 10.12.2019, 28.04.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/941/2019

 

B. J. Rasanen v Zonal Education Office Valikamam [...]

Appellant: B. J. Rasanen

Public Authority: Zonal Education Office Valikamam

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 30.04.2019, 13.08.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/982/2019

 

B.K.G. Dhanapala .Vs . Department Of Land [...]

Appellant: B.K.G. Dhanapala

Public Authority: Department Of Land Settlement

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.08.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/976/2019

 

අභියාචක: බී.කේ.ජී. ධනපාල

පොදු අධිකාරිය: ඉඩම් හිමිකම් නිරවුල් කිරීමේ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව

අභියාචනා දිනය: 07.05.2019, 05.08.2019

නියෝග:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/976/2019

 

Bahirathy Rasanen v Zonal Education Office, [...]

Appellant: Bahirathy Rasanen

Public Authority: Zonal Education Office, Valikamam Zone

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.07.2019; 10.12.2019; 28.04.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1404/2019

 

Bhadrani Jayawardena v. Municipal Council - [...]

Appellant: Bhadrani Jayawardena

Public Authority: Municipal Council - Colombo

Dates of Appeal Hearing: May 9th 2018

Order:

 

C J Wijayawardhana v Sri Lanka Telecom PLC - [...]

Appellant: C J Wijayawardhana

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Telecom PLC

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 03.09.2019; 07.01.2020; 19.05.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1283/2019

 

C. Amarasinghe v Board of Investment (BOI) - [...]

Appellant: C. Amarasinghe

Public Authority: Board of Investment (BOI)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 18.06.2019, 23.07.2019, 10.09.2019, 03.12.2019, 28.01.2020, 05.02.2020, 10.03.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/791/2018

 

C. B. Ravindraraj v. Ministry of Transport and [...]

Appellant: C. B. Ravindraraj

Public Authority: Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 08.10.2019; 14.01.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1371/2019

 

Capital Alliance (Pvt) Ltd. v Department of [...]

Appellant: Capital Alliance (Pvt) Ltd.

Public Authority: Department of Census and Statistics

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 11.12.2018, 05.03.2019, 02.07.2019, 03.12.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/745/2018

 

Centre for Environmental Justice v Ministry of [...]

Appellant: Centre for Environmental Justice

Public Authority: Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 03.12.2019; 05.02.2019; 25.02.2019; 03.03.2020; 17.03.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1114/2019

 

Centre for Policy Alternatives v Sri Lanka Army - [...]

Appellant: Centre for Policy Alternatives

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Army

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 02.07.2019, 26.11.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1131/2019

 

Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union v. Peoples Bank - [...]

Appellant: Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.04.2018, 05.06.2018, 17.07.2018, 04.09.2018, 23.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/139/2018

 

Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union v. Peoples Bank - [...]

Appellant: Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.06.2018, 17.07.2018, 04.09.2018, 23.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/301/2018

 

Chamara Sampath v Parliament of Sri Lanka - [...]

Appellant: Chamara Sampath

Public Authority: Parliament of Sri Lanka

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 2019.02.12; 2019.05.21; 2019.06.26; 2019.09.10; 2019.10.08; 2019.10.22; 2019.11.05; 2019.12.03

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/719/2018

 

D Indrani Silva v National Hospital of Colombo - [...]

Appellant: D Indrani Silva

Public Authority: National Hospital of Colombo

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 26.03.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/864/2019

 

D M L de Silva v. National Insurance Trust Fund  [...]

Appellant: D M L de Silva

Public Authority: National Insurance Trust Fund

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 14.08.2018; 16.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/305/2018

 

Dr. Issadeen v. Ministry of Health, Nutrition [...]

Appellant: Dr. Issadeen

Public Authority: Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.12.2018; 08.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/394/2018

 

Gamini Kinigama v People’s Insurance PLC - [...]

Appellant: Gamini Kinigama

Public Authority: People’s Insurance PLC

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.02.2019; 12.03.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/680/2018

 

H A L Udayasiri v Department of Inland Revenue - [...]

Appellant: H A L Udayasiri

Public Authority: Department of Inland Revenue

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 26.08.2019; 14.01.2019; 03.03.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/933/2019

 

H.B.S. Perera v Irrigation Department - [...]

Appellant: H.B.S. Perera

Public Authority: Irrigation Department

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 30.05.2018; 19.06.2018; 07.08.2018; 01.10.2018; 19.11.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/44/2018

 

Inland Revenue Assessors' Union v. Department of [...]

Appellant: Inland Revenue Assessors' Union

Public Authority: Department of Inland Revenue

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 09.07.2019; 15.10.2019; 14.01.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/831/2019

 

Inter Company Employees Union v Sri Lanka [...]

Appellant: Inter Company Employees Union

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd.

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 02.07.2019; 26.11.2019; 28.01.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/580/2018

 

J. Wickremasinghe v. Chief Secretary, Central [...]

Appellant: J. Wickremasinghe

Public Authority: Chief Secretary, Central Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 12th 2018

Order:

 

J. Wickremasinghe v. Chief Secretary, Central [...]

Appellant: J. Wickremasinghe

Public Authority: Chief Secretary, Central Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 12th 2018

Order:

 

J.H.M.R.B. Jayapathma v Ministry of Education - [...]

Appellant: J.H.M.R.B. Jayapathma

Public Authority: Ministry of Education

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 29.01.2019; 09.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/655/2018

 

Jayasuriya v National Olympic Committee - [...]

Appellant: Jayasuriya

Public Authority: National Olympic Committee

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 06.08.2019, 19.11.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1013/2019

 

K. Prasanna Kumar v Ministry of Hill Country - [...]

Appellant: K. Prasanna Kumar

Public Authority: Ministry of Hill Country, New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 27.08.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1151/2019

 

K. Prasanna Kumar v Ministry of Hill Country, New [...]

Appellant: K. Prasanna Kumar

Public Authority: Ministry of Hill Country, New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 27/08/2019; 03.12.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1554/2019

 

K.M.D.S.K. Kulatunga v. Udunuwara Pradeshiya [...]

Appellant: KMDSK Kulatunga

Public Authority: Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha

Date of Appeal Hearing: November 17th, 2017

Order: 

K.U. Dhammika v Ocean View Development Company [...]

Appellant: K.U. Dhammika

Public Authority: Ocean View Development Company (PVT) Ltd

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 26.03.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/862/2019

 

M R Rasheed v. Department of Inland Revenue - [...]

Appellant: M R Rasheed

Public Authority: Department of Inland Revenue

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.05.2019, 24.10.2019, 14.01.2020, 03.03.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/911/2019

 

M. F. A. Mansoor v Ministry of Megapolis and [...]

Appellant: M. F. A. Mansoor

Public Authority: Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 03.12.2019; 05.02.2019; 25.02.2019; 03.03.2020; 17.03.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1108/2019

 

M.D.S.K. Kulatunga v. Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha [...]

Appellant: M.D.S.K. Kulatunga

Public Authority: Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha

Dates of Appeal Hearing: November 17th 2017 & April 20th 2018

Order:

 

M.H.M. Hazeer v Central Bank of Sri Lanka - [...]

Appellant: M.H.M. Hazeer

Public Authority: Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1056/2019

 

M.H.M.Haseer v Central Bank of Sri Lanka - [...]

Appellant: M.H.M.Haseer

Public Authority: Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 04.06.2019, 24.09.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1036/2019

 

M.N. Farouk v South Asian Institute of Technology [...]

Appellant: M.N. Farouk

Public Authority: South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Ltd (SAITM)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 26.03.2019, 17.07.2019, 26.11.2019; 03.12.2019; 28.04.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/859/2019

 

N. Munasinghe v People's Bank - [...]

Appellant: N. Munasinghe

Public Authority: People's Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 11.12.2018, 05.03.2019, 02.07.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/050/2018

 

N. Munasinghe v. People’s Bank - [...]

Appellant: N. Munasinghe

Public Authority: People’s Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.06.2018, 17.07.2018, 28.08.2018, 23.10.2018, 13.11.2018, 11.12.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/50/2018

 

N. Suhaibu v National Water Supply and Drainage [...]

Appellant: N. Suhaibu

Public Authority: National Water Supply and Drainage Board

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 11.02.2020; 05.05.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1671/2019

 

Nasif Akram v Sri Lanka Parliament - [...]

Appellant: Nasif Akram

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Parliament

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1184/2019

 

R. Ananthaseelan v MBSL - RTICAppeal/758/2018

Appellant: R. Ananthaseelan

Public Authority: MBSL

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.02.2019, 28.05.2019, 27.09.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/758/2018

 

R. Ananthaseelan v Sri Lanka Savings Bank - [...]

Appellant: R. Ananthaseelan

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Savings Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 28.05.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/863/2019

 

R. Manikkavasagar v District Land Reform Board - [...]

Appellant: R. Manikkavasagar

Public Authority: District Land Reform Board

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 12.02.2020; 26.05.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1800/2019

 

R.H.M.N. Rajakaruna v. Provincial Public Service [...]

Appellant: R.H.M.N. Rajakaruna

Public Authority: Provincial Public Service Commission- North Western Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 24th 2018

Order:

 

Railway Managers Association v. Sri Lanka [...]

Appellant: Railway Managers Association

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Railways

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 24th 2018

Order:

 

Rajasekar v Dept Of Labour - RTICAppeal/1388/2019

Appellant: Rajasekar

Public Authority: Dept Of Labour

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 15.10.2019; 03.12.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1388/2019

 

RDSA Wickramasuriya v Lanka Mineral Sands Limited [...]

Appellant: RDSA Wickramasuriya

Public Authority: Lanka Mineral Sands Limited

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 29.10.2019; 10.03.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1394/2019

 

S.A.S.S. Perera v. Divisional Secretariat, [...]

Appellant: S.A.S.S. Perera

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat, Padukka

Date of Appeal Hearing: November 23rd, 2017

Order: 

Shermal Hemaka Jayasuriya v National Selection [...]

Appellant: Shermal Hemaka Jayasuriya

Public Authority: National Selection Committee, Ministry of Provincial Councils, Local Government and Sports

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.02.2019; 23.04.2019, 06.08.2019; 19.11.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/745/2018

 

T. Rusiripala v Peoples Bank - RTICAppeal/774/2018

Appellant: T. Rusiripala

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 09.07.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/774/2018

 

T. Udheyakumar v Administrative Appeals Tribunal [...]

Appellant: T. Udheyakumar

Public Authority: Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 12.03.2019; 09.07.2019; 05.11.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/692/2018

 

T. Udheyakumar v Administrative Appeals Tribunal [...]

Appellant: T. Udheyakumar

Public Authority: Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 12.03.2019; 09.07.2019; 05.11.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/779/2018

 

T.R. Silva v. Sri Lanka Police Headquarters - [...]

Appellant: T.R. Silva

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Police Headquarters

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.07.2018, 09.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/342/2018

 

U. G. Kalansuriya v. National Police Commission - [...]

Appellant: U. G. Kalansuriya

Public Authority: National Police Commission

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.09.2018; 12.11.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/027/2018

 

V. Subramaniam v Divisional Secretariat, [...]

Appellant: V. Subramaniam

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat, Oddusudan

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 27.08.2019, 17.12.2019, 21.01.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1254/2019

 

W.M.P.H. Holdings v. Urban Development [...]

Appellant: W.M.P.H. Holdings

Public Authority: Urban Development Authority-Order

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 25.02.2020; 02.06.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1707/2019

 

Wasantha Samarasinghe v Dept. of Inland Revenue - [...]

Appellant: Wasantha Samarasinghe

Public Authority: Dept. of Inland Revenue

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.02.2019; 15.10.2019; 14.01.2020

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/747/2018

 

Zacky Ismail v Base Hospital Nintavur - [...]

Appellant: Zacky Ismail

Public Authority: Base Hospital Nintavur

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 18/06/2019, 17/07/2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/1182/2018