Ending impunity for crimes against journalists: Putting resolutions into practice
Together with the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations, UNESCO will co-organize a High-Level Panel discussion that will focus on the issues of impunity and justice in regard to the safety of journalists.
It will serve as the occasion to launch UNESCO’s newest report, entitled 'World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Special Digital Focus 2015', which shall be used as a factual basis for the interaction.
Another element to be incorporated is the reference in UN Security Council Resolution S/RES/2222 about underscoring the need “to enhance the coherent and effective implementation of applicable international humanitarian law and relevant Security Council resolutions including those on protection of journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in situations of the armed conflict.” Furthermore, linkages with sustainable development Goal 16, which recognizes the need for access to information, fundamental freedoms, reducing violence, and combatting impunity, will be examined as well.
The panel discussion aims to sustain momentum from UNGA Resolution A/RES/68/163 and UNSC Resolution S/RES/2222 and to contribute insights for the 70th UNGA’s resolution on ‘The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity’. It shall focus on the need to address implementation, relate to the SDGs, and draw on the latest figures on safety and impunity.
UNESCO will convene or co-host events in Paris, London, New York and elsewhere, on Monday, 2 November 2015, to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI). The events will also serve as an occasion to launch, in various locations, the forthcoming UNESCO report, World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development – Special Digital Focus 2015, which contains the Organization’s most recent information on the safety of journalists and impunity. The events can take forward the outcomes of the commemoration conference on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, in partnership with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which will be held in Costa Rica from 9 to 10 October 2015. They can also feed into and inform the UNESCO international conference ‘News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals’ scheduled for 5 February 2016.