07 October 2009

On October 7, 2009 AIP submitted an Opinion Statement to the Parliamentary Internal Security and Public Order Committee with regard to proposed amendments to the Ministry of Interior Act.

 

The draft law aims to introduce amendments to the Protection of Classified Information Act (PCIA), precisely to Appendix 1 to Art. 25 which comprises a List of Categories of Information Subject to Classification as State Secret. This initiative opens an opportunity for a revision of the List in Appendix 1 to Art. 25 of the PCIA and reducing the number and the scope of the categories of information subject to classification as state secret. AIP stated the concern that some categories provided by the law constitute an outdated understanding for secrecy which contradicts the principles of transparency, accountability and unrestricted access to public information. AIP also sent the Statement to the Ministry of Interior.