CEPAD and EU hold a closing ceremony of freedom and access to information project

CEPAD and EU hold a closing ceremony of freedom and access to information project

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DILI 27 april 2023 ( TATOLI) – The European Union (EU)and Center Study for Peace and Development (CEPAD) ’s Board, Freedom of Information National Working Group and Technical Team, the Justice Monitoring Programme (JSMP) and Arcoiris Timor-Leste gathered together for the closing ceremony of the project “Ensuring Government accountability of COVID-19 and improved freedom and access of information in Timor-Leste”.

Funded by the EU, the Project involved two sub-grantees: JSMP and Arcoiris Timor-Leste, to work on awareness raising, legislation, training, public information request, and media, related to freedom and access to information

CEPAD has successfully developed and broadcasted five series of the film ‘My Right to Know’ and 16 Public Service Announcements (PSA) via various channels of media in the country, on TV and Radio and other social media channels, to raise awareness of freedom of information.
Furthermore, the project developed and successfully submitted draft legislation on Freedom of Information to the Commission A of the National Parliament. This draft is expected to go for debate and approval of the law, in July 2023.

“It has been a great privilege for CEPAD to have been awarded by the European Union, the FOI program. It is such a valuable stepping stone to the improvement of the quality of democracy in Timor-Leste as it allows citizens to seek, receive and use information held by public bodies to improve the quality of their lives, while making the government more transparent and accountable to the political decisions they make, in the interest of the wider society” said João Boavida, CEPAD’s Executive Director.

Ambassador of the European Union to Timor-Leste, Marc Fiedrich in his intervention stated that “The European Union supports the people of Timor-Leste in a variety of ways, including through civil society organizations. With our support, CEPAD is helping citizens gain a better understanding of their rights, improve access to information so that they can make informed decisions, and keep track of issues affecting their lives”.

The project used a human rights approach, empowering the community and strengthening citizens’ knowledge of and capacity to advocate for their rights. The feedback on the approach is positive because it involved all stakeholders in promoting and defending Timor-Leste’s Constitution to strengthen democracy.





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