International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2017
Regional seminar Colombo
Impunity for crimes against journalists constitutes one of the main factors fueling the cycle of violence against the exercise of freedom of expression. It weakens not only freedom of expression and access to information, but all other fundamental rights. In order to raise awareness on this issue, foster actions of all stakeholders and curb the cycle of violence, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013, which proclaimed 2 November as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI). The Resolution urged in particular Member States to implement definite measures to counter the present culture of impunity. UNESCO has been requested in the Resolution to facilitate the implementation of the IDEI.
The 2017 IDEI main event will be organized in Colombo, Sri Lanka, by UNESCO and the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, with the participation of various regional stakeholders including ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR) and Human Rights Commissions’ representatives. The one-day seminar entitled “Reinforcing regional cooperation to promote freedom of expression and the rule of law in Asia through ending impunity for crimes against journalists” will seek to advance dialogues and strategies to strengthen the regional cooperation on safety of journalists and ending impunity in Asia. The event will focus on the role of the judiciary, National Human Rights Commissions as well as on the role of civil society and media in the persisting challenge of combatting impunity for crimes against journalists in the region. Through encouraging the exchange of best practices and identifying steps ahead and concrete solutions, the event aims to strengthen the fight of impunity for crimes against journalists in Asia and inscribe this issue in the larger framework to protect fundamental human rights.