Conference on Right to Information (RTI) – 2018

The international conference on the RTI, themed ‘Empowering Citizens with RTI – the first year’, was held in Colombo on the May 8th and 9th, 2018.The international conference was held in view of the first year anniversary of the implementation of the Right to Information Act in Sri Lanka and the World Press Freedom day.

The two day conference covered a series of thematic sessions on risk and safety of information seekers, privacy data protection, the role of civil society and media, future of RTI law and technicalities in information disclosure. RTI experts from Norway, India, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar, along with Sri Lankan experts from the RTI Commission, advocates from the civil society organisations, good governance promoters and leading journalists were among the speakers of the conference.

Representatives of ministries, civil society organisations, internationally and locally renowned RTI activists attended the conference.

Registration and Arrival of the Participants


Lighting of the traditional oil lamp

SESSION 01 : Overview of Key Systemic Strengths and Weaknesses of RTI in National Systems

SESSION 02 : RTI and Privacy/Data Protection

SESSION 03: Proactive and Routine Information Disclosure- low tech and high tech solutions

SESSION 04: RTI and the role of civil society 

Book launching

SESSION 05: Risks and Safety of Information seekers

SESSION 06 : Vital Importance of RTI for Journalists

SESSION 07: The vision of an RTI law: Forward-looking thinking on the right to information

Foreign delegates visit RTI Commission