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CEPAD and EU launch new series to commemorate international day for universal access to information

CEPAD and EU launch new series to commemorate international day for universal access to information

(Photo/Fb-EU em Timor-Leste)

DILI, 28 september 2022 (TATOLI) – CEPAD and the European Union launched a new film ‘My Right to Know’ to commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information.

The launching of the film was to emphasize the important role of every citizen in upholding the principles of good governance, accountability, and inclusion to better promote full public participation in decision-making through access to information.

With this year’s theme for the International Day celebrated always on 28 September -“Artificial Intelligence, E-Governance and Access to Information” – CEPAD and the EU are commemorating the day with a variety of activities including the launch of a new short film series ‘My Right to Know’, taking place at the Museum of Resistance, in Dili, on wednesday.

The film is inspired by the success stories of the communities that participated in CEPAD’s Focus Group Discussions, financed by the European Union under the initiative “Ensuring Government Accountability of Covid-19 and Improved Freedom and Access to Information in Timor-Leste.”

The commemoration event aims to promote citizens’ understanding, particularly of women, of their right to know through public information and thereby improve their access to quality education, health facilities, and other relevant resources.

Joining CEPAD at the event were H.E. President of the National Parliament, Mr. Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes, H.E. EU Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Mr. Marc Fiedrich, members of the National Working Group for Freedom of Information, as well as key representatives of communities, program focal points from the Municipalities of Aileu, Liquiça, Ermera and Manatuto, civil servants, local authorities, civil society organizations, and academics.

In his remarks, Ambassador Marc Fiedrich said: “The European Union shares important universal values with Timor-Leste. We have a long-standing partnership based on our beliefs in democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. On all of these issues we engage with the government, lawmakers, and with civil society. The work CEPAD is undertaking with EU support to reinforce Government Accountability through the Promotion of free information is one of many projects we currently undertake with civil society in all municipalities.”

Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges

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