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FOI(2010) 1 Legal Framework
There is no established freedom of information right in the Lao legal framework. However, provisions related to availability of some government information to the public are present in a few laws.
The Law on Local Administration (2003) provides that local administrations have the obligation to provide information.
The Law on the National Assembly (2006) regulates the Cabinet of the National assembly to provide information to mass media and “concerned organizations”.
The Law on State Budget (2006) provides that information related to budget must be made accessible to the public.
Finally, the Anti-Corruption Law (2005) contains a prohibition to disclose state secrets and other secret information.
FOI(2010) 2Right to information
FOI(2010) 3Constitutional right
No relevant legal provisions
FOI(2010) 4Legislation
According to Articles 9, 22, and 35 of the Law on Local Administration (2003), local constituencies (provincial, city, municipal, and district cabinets) have the obligation to provide information.
According to Article 53(11) of the Law on the National Assembly (2006), the Cabinet of the National Assembly has the duty to provide documents, data, and information to mass media and “concerned organizations”.
According to Article 6(6) of the Law on State Budget (2006), information on state budget, its execution, and assessment must be open, transparent and made accessible to the public.
FOI(2010) 5Right to appeal
No relevant legal provisions
FOI(2010) ExtraCourt decisions
No relevant legal provisions