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Justice Initiative and Four Other Groups Join Landmark Access to Information Case

Author: Open Society Justice Initiative [USA], Published on: 30 March 2006

First Freedom of Information Case to Reach Inter-American Court...The Open Society Justice Initiative and four other organizations filed a brief...with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, seeking to establish that the American Convention on Human Rights guarantees a right of access to information held by public bodies. The case, Marcel Claude Reyes and Others v. Chile...began...when a Chilean environmental NGO...requested information from the government on a massive logging project, known as the Condor River project, being undertaken by a U.S. company, Trillium Ltd...[the] request was ignored by the Committee and...summarily dismissed in Chile's courts...Faced with opposition to the Condor River project from environmentalists in Chile and around the world, Trillium eventually abandoned its plans for logging in the area.

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Related companies: Trillium Corporation