International

Declarations of the Special Rapporteurs

Joint declaration by the UN, OSCE, OAS & ACHPR Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression and the Internet, 1 June 2011

Joint declaration by the UN, OSCE, OAS & ACHPR Special Rapporteurs on Ten Key Challenges to Freedom of Expression In the Next Decade, 2 February 2010

Joint declaration by the UN, OSCE, OAS & ACHPR Special Rapporteurs (on publishing confidential information, on openness of national and international public bodies, on freedom of expression and cultural/religious tensions, and on impunity in cases of attacks against journalists), 20 December 2006

United Nations Instruments

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (article 19)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 (article 19)

General Comment No. 34 (an interpretation of article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights)

Convention against Corruption 2003

Council of Europe Instruments

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (article 10)

Convention on Access to Official Documents

Declaration on the Freedom of Expression and Information

European Union Instruments

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (article 42)

Declaration on the Right of Access to Information

Regulation 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents

Americas Instruments

American Convention on Human Rights, “Pact of San Jose, Costa Rica” (article 13)

Inter-American Declaration of Principles of Freedom of Expression (preamble, principles 3 and 4)

Model Inter-American Law on Access to Public Information, Organization of American States

Principles on the Right of Access to Information, Organization of American States

Resolution on Access to Public Information: Stregthening Democracy, Organization of American States

Country specific legislation and jurisprudence

Right2Info.org has links to access to information related legislation from around the world as well as case law from dozens of countries.