The “Right to Know” campaign calls for the codification of a universal human RIGHT TO KNOW how and why governments make decisions affecting our human rights and civil liberties.
Governments must be held accountable for their actions and must make information available, accessible and accurate according to the principles of transparency and openness. Even though existing legislation such as the Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA) gives citizens the right to access certain types of information, FOIAs have proven to be often inadequate and/or unavailable in many countries.
We believe that informed choices bring on right decisions.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower‘s warning of 1961 against the mounting danger of a “military-industrial-congressional complex” has largely gone unheard, as well as his “Chance for Peace” speech on April 16, 1953:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children […] This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”
We want the codification of a universal human “Right to Know” how and why governments make decisions at different levels, not only in the politico-military field. The UN is our first target institution for the adoption of a resolution or political declaration in this sense. We do not want to abolish State Secrecy, but limit its abuse by revising and enhancing existing mechanisms of democratic oversight to enable the advancement of a democratic, national and international Rule of Law, thereby increasing an effective respect for human rights and civil liberties.