Letter from São Paulo

On this 5th of February 2011, citizens and organizations unite in the Casa de Cultura Digital, São Paulo, to create the Brasil Aberto (Open Brazil) movement as a means of affirming the right to access information held in the public trust by the three levels and branches of the Brazilian government.

The right to access public information is a fundamental human right, guaranteed by the Brazilian Constitution in articles 5 and 37, by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 19), and the American Convention of Human Rights (article 13), among other regional and international agreements.

The creation of Brasil Aberto reflects civil society’s commitment to securing the fundamental right to access public information. As of this day, the 5th of February 2011 —with the support of civil society organizations, the open-data community, the media, the business and legal sectors, academics, and citizens— Brasil Aberto commits to exposing the importance of the right to access public information, and the position of the Brazilian government on this critical policy issue.

More than 90 countries around the world now have access to public information laws, and more than 12 of these laws have been enacted within Latin America. Brazil is falling behind; it must act decisively to illustrate its commitment to openness and transparency, and as a signal of democratic strength to its citizens and the international community. The right to access public information empowers citizens with information to promote greater participation and prosperity, and serves to protect and advance social, economic, and political rights.

We applaud the actions of President Dilma Rousseff when, in 2009, acting on behalf of the Casa Civil, then Minister Rousseff helped coordinate the elaboration of an access to public information law and introduced this legislative project into the Chamber of Deputies. The Chamber’s approval of the project, eleven months later, was overseen by Michel Temer, then acting as President of the Chamber of Deputies and now the current Vice President. Legislative project PLC 41/2010 now awaits treatment in the Senate.

Given the efforts and commitments of our political and civic leaders, the Brasil Aberto movement urges President Dilma Rousseff, the Vice-President Michel Temer, and the Senate to act swiftly in approving PLC/2010, which represents Brazil’s commitment to its Constitution and its regional and international treaties.

The members of Brasil Aberto remain predisposed to collaborate with the Senate and the Federal Executive.

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