Public Authorities have a lot of information that is held in trust for the citizens of the country. As citizens, you now have a fundamental right to access this information. The Right to Information Act No. 12 of 2016, passed on 4th August 2016, sets out the process that citizens can use to access information. It’s is a simple process of lodging a request at the relevant Public Authority. With the normal process, you should get the information within a maximum of 28 days (if the information is a lot, or has to be obtained from a different location, it can take upto 21 days more). See more on that here.


The first Sri Lankan film on the Right to Information showing how RTI is used through the narrative of three citizens. It will only take 30 minutes to watch this short film.


Training Program On RTI – Matara

On the 27th February 2018 a training program on RTI was conducted for the Information officers, Designated Officers and other officials from various public authorities in the Matara District. The program was geared towards instilling a receptiveness to open governance, accountability and public participation in government processes in the officials present. A video clip of
The 3rd of February 2018 marked one year of the implementation of the RTI Act. Recognising the achievements of the past year TISL held a press conference on the 2nd of February 2018 at the Sri Lanka Foundation at 3.00p.m.  The panellists for the conference were Sankhitha Gunaratne, Tushani Kandilpana, Nishantha Preethiraja, Vinodini Balasubramanium, Sellan

RTI Street Drama in Trinco

On the 28th of September the RTI campaign team took to the streets of Trincomalee to raise awareness on RTI.  The campaign saw a drama group performing a short skit on RTI gathering a large audience. The drama took on the form of a short and comedic narration of several individuals’ quest to receive information

Press Release on One Year of RTI

Tomorrow (3rd February 2018) marks one year since the Right to Information (RTI) Act became operational in Sri Lanka. While there remain challenges to overcome, the engagement of citizens in using RTI to hold authorities accountable as well as to resolve problems of a personal nature has been extremely encouraging. Both uses have resulted in



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