Below we will present the official and documented responses we received from the relevant administrations after submitting requests for the aforementioned information. Our intention is for this information to be made available to all citizens and facilitate the process for those wishing to submit a request for information while highlighting which administrations are implementing the provisions of this law.
We present at the end of this report the verbal responses of both the State Consultative Council and the Parliament. The former is the authority concerned with any conflict with the administrations in the absence of the National Anti-Corruption Commission while the latter is the legislative authority that issued the law and is supposed to implement it. We will then present our engagement with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM) although it did not accept the request; we highlight it in this report because of the Ministry’s strong impact on the daily life of citizens.
We have sorted these responses into two sections. First, we discuss those that were delivered within the legal time limit and second, those that were delivered after the legal deadline had elapsed. We report on the administrations that responded to our request and those that rejected it, excluding the administrations that ignored our request, even after several follow-ups. We consider the latter implicit rejections, according to Article 16 of RLAW, but note that we continued to communicate with a number of administrations for about a month and a half past the deadline.
We mapped a total of 146 administrations and submitted 85 letters directly to their registries and to 25 administrations through registered mail. Two administrations had unlisted addresses (Elissar Institution and the State Ministry for Parliament Affairs), 15 referred us verbally to the supervisory authority, 4 took the request without issuing a receipt of notice(Lebanese Parliament, Higher Discipline Council, Program for Securing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Alfa). Two administrations, Deposits Guarantee Institution and the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities refused to receive the proposal.
We haven‘t sent a request to 13 of the 146 administrations, the National Center for Marine Sciences, the National Center for Remote Sensing and the National Center for Geophysical Research since we already submitted a request to the National Council for Scientific Research; their supervisory authority in addition to the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission which is also supervised by the previous council, in that way we were able to address the Supervisory Authority and one of its administrations. Also, we didn’t submit requests to 4 administrations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants. They are the Directorate of Expatriates, the Directorate of Protocol, the Directorate of International Organizations and Conferences and Cultural Relations and the Directorate of Political and Economic Affairs, and that was because we addressed one of the Ministry’s administrations; the Directorate of Administrative and Financial Affairs.
In addition; we did not request any information from the Ministry of State for Planning Affairs, the Public Institution for Sports Facilities, the National Council for Consumer Protection and the National Council for Price Policy because they don’t have any physical address.
While we inadvertently did not address the National News Agency, we will for sure address it and include it in our upcoming studies.
Only 34 administrations responded: 19 of them within the legal deadline, 5 of whom received the request through registered mail, and 15 of them responded after the expiration of the legal deadline, two of whom received the request through registered mail. At the time of publication, 99 administrations had not responded to our request.