GENEVA – As part of the Media Empowerment on Human Rights workshop which brought five journalists from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Geneva 28 April – 2 May 2014, Gmedia in partnership with Journaliste en Danger (JED) is set to host a follow-up workshop in Kinshasa 9 – 12 June 2014 where 15 journalists from throughout DRC will engage international organizations, local NGOs and experts on the recommendations put forward to the government of DRC during the 19th session of the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review held in Geneva.
Four main themes on human rights issues emerged from the recommendations to DRC from its peers during the 19th UPR session: (1) sexual based gender violence, (2) the rights of children and disarmament, (3) protection of human rights defenders, and (4) impunity for human rights violations.
The Kinshasa workshop will bring together experts from UNAIDS, Association pour le Bien Etre des Enfants du Congo, UNICEF, War Child UK, Solidarité pour un Monde Meilleur, The Carter Center, Ligue des Électeurs, Association Congolaise pour l’Accès à la Justice, Avocats Sans Frontières, ASADHO, and others to provide discussion and debate on the issues as a means for journalists to use enhance their available tools and mechanisms in the fight against human rights violations.
Five journalists that were present in the Geneva workshop and participated in the DRC UPR session will provide valuable knowledge and sharing experience during the Kinshasa program of events.
The Gmedia UPR19 Media Empowerment on Human Rights project is made possible with cooperation from its partner in DRC, Journaliste en Danger (JED), an independent and impartial organization created in Kinshasa by a group of Congolese journalists (DRC) and dedicated to the defense and the promotion of the press freedom in DRC and eight other countries in Central Africa. Financial support is provided by the Australian Permanent Mission in Geneva, the Canton de Genève, and the Canadian Embassy in Kinshasa.
A program of events and full report on the project is available on the Gmedia website: www.gmediacenter.net
The 19th session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) took place 28 April – 9 May 2014. The UPR is a mechanism which allows every UN Member State the opportunity to declare what actions they have taken to improve human rights situation in their countries and to fulfill universal human rights obligations. It also provides the opportunity for states to make recommendations on human rights issues in other countries. The main feature of this process is to ensure equal treatment for every country regarding the assessment of their human rights situations with the aim to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.