International Seminar Strengthening regional cooperation to end impunity for crimes and attacks against journalists in Latin America
UNESCO and Mexican authorities will organize an international seminar to commemorate IDEI 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico, on 7 November. The event, entitled "Strengthening regional cooperation to end impunity for crimes and attacks against journalists in Latin America”, will bring representatives of Member States, Organization of American States, judicial systems, protection mechanisms, the media and civil society members from across the Latin America and other parts of the world, and in particular from countries that face killings of journalists by organized crime. The seminar will work to identify steps ahead and concrete measures to strengthen the fight against impunity for crimes and attacks against journalists in the Latin America region and inscribe this issue in the framework of global efforts to promote fundamental human rights. It will also contribute to enhancing South-South cooperation on this matter.
In the past twelve years (2006-2017) close to 1010 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. On average, this constitutes one death every four days. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems. UNESCO is concerned that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime. Governments, civil society, the media, and everyone concerned to uphold the rule of law are being asked to join in the global efforts to end impunity.
It is in recognition of the far-reaching consequences of impunity, especially of crimes against journalists, that the United Nations General Assembly adopted 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 the Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.
Strengthening regional cooperation to end impunity for crimes and attacks against journalists in Latin America
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
Miguel Hidalgo - Mexico