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Public Access to Government Information as a Basic Human Right: Turkish National Police Digital Repository

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Fatih Oguz, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This paper presents an overview of a need for an exploratory research project to identify, describe, and investigate the applicability of the digital repository approach to disseminate intellectual output of the Turkish National Police. Governments are established to serve the people, and therefore, the information, - public information - held by governments is owned by the people. Governments have an obligation to make information equitably and conveniently accessible to the public. Failure of the state in providing access to information or state suppression of information can lead to human rights violations. The right to information is fundamental to the realization of basic human rights as well as effective democracy, which requires informed participation by all. An informed and empowered citizenry is one of the fundamental factors to ensure a stable democracy.

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Publication
Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Terrorism, 22, 318-324
Language: English
Date: 2006
Keywords
public access, government information, human rights, Turkey, Turkish National Police, exploratory research, digital repository, right to information