BEIRUT: Lebanon is seriously lagging with respect to access to information rights, head of the Beirut Bar Association George Jreij said Thursday.
“Access to information, informing the people, involvement of the community, the right of every person to seek various forms of information and ideas and receive and impart them: are all phrases included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Jreij said at a seminar organized by the Beirut Bar Association and the Internet Society’s Lebanon Chapter, titled
“The Right to Access Information.” “In Lebanon, this right remains theoretical, although the preamble to the Constitution cites the commitment of Lebanon to the codes of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he said. Jreij added that there was little commitment to following these codes.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 18, 2014, on page 4.