On November 2015 in Kazakhstan was adopted the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On access to information”. By applying a law, it is possible to receive information about how three branches of power – executive, legislative and judicial are working in Kazakhstan. Tax payers can receive information about how and for which purpose they money are spent by receiving information from state institutions and enterprises, commercial enterprises, subjects of quiz state sector, enterprises having monopoly or leading condition in market of goods and services.
This law is applicable for civil activists, journalists, lawyers, ecologists, representatives of non-governmental organizations, as well as for ordinary citizen of city or valley, who needs information about, for Example, set privileges and compensations, about assignment of land plot, tariffs for utilities, child privileges, etc.
When the state adopts such law – this means voluntary disclosure of information, in the first place, about activities of state bodies and structures, and also about accountable expenditures of public funds. Law on access to information is a great tool to make state apparatus, judicial system, local executive and representative bodies, local self-management more transparent and open.
Law “On access to information” is a great tool of public participation in managing state affairs and is an effective mechanism to increase responsibility of state structures for made decision before the tax payers. On how active we will be applying for this law depends degree of state’s discipline and effectiveness of decision made from state and quiz state sector. Information that was received because of this law can be used to resolute public and personal issues and problems in business and noncommercial activities.
Olga Didenko, lawyer of Internews Kazakhstan, special for LPRC and our readers is telling about main provisions of law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On access to information”.
Video training is a part of LPRC project “Improving goverment accountability through access to information”, implemented with support of the British Embassy Astana.