Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska: "Today government bodies aren't yet ready to open information"

29/09/2015 15:18

The Commissioner for Human Rights expressed such belief delivering a speech at All-Ukrainian forum "The right to know. Transparency of activity of the power: challenges and achievements" which was held yesterday, in the International day of the right to know.

"Now in Ukraine there are many problems in the sphere of access to public information, first of all, government bodies aren't yet ready to open information. However opening of information is the best pledge for fight against corruption. If society knows about the budgeting apportionment, nuances of government purchases etc,, then fight against corruption will come to qualitatively new level", – Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska emphasized.

The Commissioner for Human Rights also informed participants that the problem of closeness and refusals in providing socially important information by authorities will be solved by the Ombudsman's Office together with community of public monitors within an open platform.

"As well as during realization of the national preventive mechanism, we will work in the format "Ombudsman Plus", it means that employees of the Office of Ombudsman together with public activists will observe that the Law of Ukraine "On access to public information" was implemented properly. I am convinced that to solve all existing problems and to become effective without participation of civil society is impossible", – Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska noted.

Following the invitation of the Commissioner for Human Rights the international expert in the field of access to public information from Bulgaria Ms. Gergana Dzhuleva participated in the forum who informed participants of genesis of development of guarantees of obtaining information in the country.

"In Bulgaria in day of celebration of the International day of the right to know we organize an awards ceremony of state authorities – four awards for a powerful contribution to development of access to public information, and two – for the most absurd solutions of refusal in providing information. We use all available channels for distribution of data on the right for access to information, knowledge, experience. Society needs information, including, state and legislative and therefore it needs to be provided", – Ms. Gergana Dzhuleva informed.

Delivering a speech to the audience, the senior program manager of the UNDP in Ukraine Ms. Yulia Shcherbinina expressed belief that the monopoly for information is more terrible than economic monopoly, because it deprives of the right of society for opinion.

"At the end of 2014 the major task – to protect the right of citizens for information was assigned to the Ombudsman's Office. As always, in the work the Commissioner rely on support and cooperation with civil society, and we are eyewitnesses as today the community of public monitors is formed which together with Ombudsman's Office realizes ambitious goals in the sphere of access to public information" , – Ms. Yulia Shcherbinina emphasized.

All-Ukrainian forum "The right to know. Transparency of activity of the power: challenges and achievements" was organized at the initiative of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for  Human Rights and with assistance of the UN Development Program in Ukraine and Association of the Ukrainian monitors of observance of human rights in activity of law enforcement bodies. During a forum the main problems in the sphere of access to public information in Ukraine and activity of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for  Human Rights in this sphere were discussed.

The forum was organized for the purpose of assistance of consolidation of efforts of the Ukrainian power, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for  Human Rights and the public for effective implementation of the legislation on access to public information, ensuring transparency and openness of state authorities.