New RSF Info & Democracy Panel

Seventy years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has formed of a panel of 25 prominent figures -- including Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, Nobel economics laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa and Nigerian human rights lawyer Hauwa Ibrahim -- to draft an International Declaration on Information and Democracy. The panel is being created at a time when “the crisis of trust in democracies and the growing influence of despotic regimes pose a major threat to freedoms, civil harmony and peace,” the co-chairs wrote.

Source: RSF

Posted on: September 12, 2018

UN Rapporteur Calls for Whistleblower Protection

In a new report released this week, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression has called on states to protect the right of whistle-blowers to disclose information in the public interest and to uphold the general principle of source confidentiality in law and practice. Among the measures called for are stronger laws and regulations. Basic protections" in these areas, the report notes, "are critical to an effective right to freedom of expression, accountability and democratic governance.”

Source: International Press Institute

Posted on: October 23, 2015

UN Human Rights Chief Calls for Ismayilova Release

Condemning the recent imprisonment of investigative journalist activist Khadija Ismayilova, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein voiced his concern over the ongoing targeting and suppression of civil society and independent voices in Azerbaijan. “Ms. Ismayilova’s sentencing is just the latest example of the crackdown on independent voices in the country," he said.

Source: UN News Centre

Posted on: September 9, 2015