World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Special Session on Central African Republic

Published On Tuesday 21 January 2014. Updated On Wednesday 22 January 2014

At a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday on the situation in Central African Republic, Reporters Without Borders spoke about its impact on media personnel, who have been the victims of threats, physical attacks and ransacking of their offices by ex-Seleka soldiers, members of the transitional government and anti-Balakas.

The situation has deteriorated further since December, paralyzing all the media, local and international. For fear of reprisals, they are continuing to censor themselves.

Journalists nonetheless have a major if not essential role to play in the current transition process because it is their job to provide information and sustain a dialogue.

In its address to the Council, Reporters Without Borders recommended that the resolution adopted at the end of the special session should stress “the need to protect journalists in their work of investigating, gathering and imparting information, especially because of their role in the democratic process of national reconciliation.”

The resolution, A/RES/68/163, that the UN General Assembly adopted on 26 November, condemning all attacks and acts of violence against journalists and media workers, stressed the importance of the role that all news providers play and the attention that the United Nations should pay to their safety.

In the resolution adopted by consensus yesterday, the Council appointed Marie-Thérèse Keita-Bocoum as independent human rights expert in CAR with the task of helping the transitional authorities to improve respect for human rights and reporting back to the Council on developments in the situation.

Reporters Without Borders will do everything possible to assist the independent expert’s work and urges her to take account of matters relating to the right to information and the safety of journalists.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>


Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:


US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Berlin Truck Attack And The Refugee Question

The hard-nosed neo-cons were certainly showing little interest in linking arguments, examining evidence, or even considering elementary logic in the aftermath of the Berlin truck attack near the Gedächtniskirche. With the bodies fresh in the morgue, former US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, peered into the mind of the everyday German, and found teeth chattering fear. More>>


Demonetisation: Gordon Campbell On India’s Huge Socio-Economic Experiment

Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Election Home Stretch

Once again at the business end of a US election, the result will hinge on the same old bits of geography as always: the Five Crucial Counties in Ohio, the Two Crucial Counties in Pennsylvania and the I-4 Interstate Corridor in Florida that runs from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach. More>>

ALSO:

Meanwhile:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news