African judges call for capacity-building on freedom of expression issues

President of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, Hon. Sylvain Oré (blue suit, front row, centre) led the co-hosting of the seminar with UNESCO.
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A two-day seminar on “Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists for Judges in Africa”, organized by UNESCO and the GIZ last week, concluded with a call for more capacity-building at country level about judicial standards on freedom of expression and safety of journalists.

The seminar was organized in partnership with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on the occasion of the 2019 edition of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI), which is commemorated annually on 2 November and falls under the global framework for the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

Involved in the deliberations were 13 Chief Justices from African Supreme Courts, and another 27 judges, lawyers, as well as representatives of civil society.

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