EAJA to attend World Human Rights Forum
The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) delegation will attend second edition of the World Human Rights Forum (WHRF) in Marrakech, Morocco, from 27 to 30 November 2014.
EAJA President Dr Muheldin Ahmed Idris and EAJA Secretary General Omar Faruk Osman are both invited to attend the forum which will bring together 5,000 participants from five continents, including Heads of State, Ministers, representatives of international organizations for human rights, academics, media freedom activists, human rights defenders, international activists in the fields of Human Rights, national human rights commissions, international NGOs and representatives of the media.
EAJA leaders are part of a large delegation from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) who will be coming from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America to attend this year’s Forum.
Among high profile world leaders who will speak at the opening of the Forum is IFJ President Jim Boumelha who is scheduled to make a keynote speech on behalf of the journalists’ worldwide at the opening of the world forum. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also expected to address the forum.
For the first time a session dedicated for the protection of journalists will be held by the forum organisers and the IFJ which will focus on the protection of the safety of journalists, application of international standards for freedom of expression and African union instruments for freedom of expression.
Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and Access to Information of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) advocate Faith Pansy Tlakula is slated to speak on the protection of journalists in Africa and the role of the African Union. EAJA Secretary General Omar Faruk Osman is one of the panellists.
WHRF hosts about forty thematic sessions, more than fifteen special events and around fifty diverse events: conferences, dialogues for human rights, internal activities, workshops, self-organized workshops and a cultural program.