Human Rights Defenders,Csos Meet in Banjul Ahead of 51st African Commission …
April 17, 2012
In his opening remarks a Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia, Lamin Jobarteh pronounced a significance of a forum can’t be overemphasize, observant that a theme matter that a forum is looking during is impending and will impact on a people in a continent. He combined that a appearance of a participants will also pierce solutions to a problem opposed a continent in a area of tellurian rights insurance and promotion. He voiced his trust that a outcome of a forum will be successful.
For her part, a deputy of a NGO Forum Steering Committee, Ms. Paulette Oyane Ondo described a forum as innovative and thatit has been organized for several years with a aim of examining a continent’s tellurian rights situation. She pronounced a forum is opposite given that people from opposite countries came underneath one absolute to plead on opposite issues from a viewpoint of tellurian rights.
Madam Ondo thanked a African Centre underneath a care of Hannah Forster for a joining towards tellurian rights insurance and promotion.
The Special Rapporteur on Women’s Rights in Africa during a African Union Commission, Soyata Maiga saluted a existence of a NGO Forum, describing it as a height were member of governments, African Union organs, NGOs in a margin of tellurian rights and tellurian rights Commissioners sell ideas and share practice in a tellurian rights conditions of a continent and a universe during large. She pronounced a NGO Forum is a acquire space if open among participants.
Commissioner Maiga validated a joining of NGOs towards humanity, while underscoring a vicious purpose they play in a insurance and graduation of tellurian rights in a continent.
Also vocalization during a opening was a President of a International Federation of Human Rights Commission, Souhayr Belhassen, who challenged Human Rights Activists to continue their advocacy and lift recognition on tellurian rights issues. She pronounced notwithstanding some achievements, there have been vast violations of tellurian rights in Africa.
Madam Souhayr urged States parties to honour Protocols and International Instruments on tellurian rights. She lifted issues over a 2011Arab Spring that led to a rain of Africa’s Arab dictators. She also lifted concerns over a issues in Guinea Bissau and Mali among a horde of other countries experiencing domestic problems on a continent. She however hailed a efforts of ECOWAS for elucidate a domestic predicament in Mali while propelling participants to find solutions to a problem opposed a Human Rights conditions on a continent.
The Director of a African Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Studies Hannah Forster, underscored a significance of a forum observant that they are forgetful of Africa though Human Rights violations. She paid reverence and loyalty to Africans who have died and who continue to humour in a routine of Human Rights violations. She also lifted concerns on a domestic conditions in Guinea Bissau and Mali.
Madam Forster urged participants to find solutions opposed a African continent. She pronounced Africa is opposed rising threats such as a Bokul Haram in Nigeria and a Al Shabab in Somalia. According to her, all these are concerns to a African Centre and a Commission as a whole. She remarkable that a forum will demeanour during opposite areas of Human Rights such as Freedom of Speech and Expression, Women’s Rights etc. She disclosed that a Angola and Sudan reports will also be examined.
At a finish of a forum, recommendations and suggestions will be forwarded to a African Commission for considerations.
Freedom of Expression Discussed during NGO Forum
The Special Interest Group on Freedom Of Expression lifted a series of issues concerning attacks and danger on reporters opposite a whole continent highlighting privately a murdering of reporters with impunity, harassment, repulsive legislations that impedes on a media, exploitation of reporters and domestic division in a work of a media.
In Zimbabwe it was reported that 3 members of a media Monitoring Project were arrested for scornful a boss underneath a Criminal Law and codification area Act. Insults laws have been mostly used on journalists, as good as media workers and other members of polite society.
Somalia stays a ultimate passed belligerent for journalists. Already 4 reporters have been killed in a final 4 months and 5 given December.
Eritrea still binds about 32 reporters in jail some of whom have been reported dead. The infancy are hold in-communicado and have no entrance to any form of authorised illustration and family members denied entrance to them.
In Tunisia reporters have been beaten and attacked;
In Guinea Bissau reporters continue to be pounded and exceedingly bluster in propinquity to their work, not usually by a absolute supervision authorities, though a scandalous personalities concerned in a drug trade as well.
In Mali a radio and radio hire was pounded and offices ransacked during a new manoeuvre d’etat.
In a box of a Gambia a Special Interest organisation on FOX decried a repulsive media laws and charges of giving fake information underneath that several people including reporters have been charged and attempted notwithstanding a fact that territory 25 (1)(f) of a Constitution enshrined a right to a adults to petition a boss or ministers though many of those who attempted to practice this right have been charged and tried.
The Blocking of Alternative internet news site by a supervision in a Gambia was also cited. It was reported a during slightest 5 of these sites are now blocked. a conditions that confronts reporters are really challenging, while it is troublesome to note that, what is going on in some media houses in propinquity to work rights are positively unsuitable as reporters are exceedingly exploited some of them operative for a series of years though any form of contracts and other amicable benefits.
Law on sedition, a laws appears to be vague, and has been used on journalists, Official Secrets Act – that prevents publisher from removing information as a law barns open officials to speak to journalists;
In Congo Brazzaville, a supervision employs systematic censorship to safeguard that reporters will not come out with issues that are really many vicious of a state during a same time tailoring information to opposite in a crudest conform what a eccentric media reports.
There is a worrying trend in a fact that some African governments, particularly Ethiopia and Burundi are regulating terrorism charges opposite journalists.
In Sudan, a supervision confidence agents evenly raid private media houses after announcement and allocate vast announcement forcing these media houses to remove lot of income while during a same time prosecuting journalists.
In Angola, it was reported that a President’s son had bought a open TV Channel. In a same capillary a supervision is also shopping out some of a private media, with a goal to wholly change a editorial line and focus. Journalists are privately targeted and pounded with parole while covering demonstrations.
There was a clarion call for a need to mainstream polite multitude in tenure of Freedom of Expression/ Freedom of Information- thereby formulating a couple between polite multitude and a media- in sequence to safeguard that FOI legislations are implemented to a letter. factious laws, criticise a emanate of FoI- given factious law criminalize opinion- polite multitude contingency organisation adult a media to diminish any scratch behind laws a impedes a effective doing of FOI laws.
IN countries that have enacted a FOI laws, polite multitude have problems in indeed perplexing to effectuate it, or comprehend their ultimate significance- polite multitude therefore need to demeanour during a mechanization processes of ATI some-more thoroughly’
IN ADDITION TO a Legal and earthy threats that confronts reporters in propinquity to a execution of their duties; it was also mentioned that a scanty salary paid to reporters is a critical threats in propinquity to peculiarity journalism;
There is an obligatory need for media law remodel in many countries where a media is exceedingly suppressed
While acknowledging a prior fortitude adopted by a Commission, it was endorsed that The Special Rapporteur on FOX and ATI should pierce to a subsequent step by creation nation visits and articulate out issues with governments and other media stakeholders.
Journalists should safeguard that a resolutions that are adopted by a African elect in propinquity to their specific countries are used as inhabitant advocacy tools. Journalists contingency take adult a shortcoming in stating on these resolutions in their inhabitant media.
Journalist should exceedingly disciple for a Transparency and tenure in a media.
The SIG also recommends for a evident recover of Chief Ebrima manneh and called for probity for Deyda Hydara
It was strongly endorsed that African governments many generally The Gambia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Somalia Eritrea, The Democratic commonwealth of Congo and Guinea Bissau, take suitable measures in bringing their media laws in consent with internationally famous standards many generally when a Declaration of Principles will time 10 years subsequent year.
The organisation has motionless to come adult with dual resolutions – one a nation specific fortitude on The Gambia and a thematic fortitude covering emanate of law remodel and other essential hurdles opposed reporters in a continent
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