What has the RTI Commission ordered on common issues people have asked about?

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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.


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RTI Van in Rathnapura, Matara & Colombo

The 23rd of September marked the next journey of the RTI van, heading through Rathnapura, Matara and Colombo, stopping at 10 locations in every district. In most locations, the van was met with enthusiasm and curiosity.

RTI Van in Trinco and Anuradhapura

On the 16th of September, TISL and Sarvodaya headed off to Anuradhapura in the RTI van, spending 2 days there, stopping in 10 locations in the district. The 18th and 19th were spent in Trincomalee. At each location, the newly produced RTI movie is played for the public. In addition to one-to-one awareness raising, our

Matara RTI Coalition

On September 12th, TISL’s RTI team was in Matara, setting up a civil society coalition on RTI, along the themes of health, education, water & sanitation, transport &environment and public transport. The one day programme was attended by an enthusiastic civil society activist group, who committed to using RTI in their own work, with the

Ampara RTI Coalition

On September 7th, 2017 – We were in Ampara, where a group of over 50 civil society members gathered for a one-day training on the Right to Information, conducted in Tamil and Sinhala parallelly, for the ease of the audience. It was a fulfilling day, with many topical issues raised, ending with an ongoing commitment