By Nouran Sedaghat November 23 marks the International Day to End Impunity, recognized by free expression activists and organizations around the world. The Day was declared by IFEX in 2011 and marks the anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines, which saw 32 journalists and media workers killed. November 23 has since been adopted as the National Day to End Impunity by the Philippine Senate, and has been commended by UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue. It has also incited global media coverage and seen widespread participation around the world, with over 50 IFEX member organizations participating in last year’s campaign. In a culture of impunity, artists, musicians, journalists, bloggers, and activists are often subject to threats and attacks while the perpetrators of these actions are left unpunished. The campaign to end impunity aims to raise awareness about threat that the culture of impunity poses to free expression. It also encourages people around the world to take action and demand justice for those who have fallen victim to impunity through its global campaign of 23 Actions in 23 Days, which begins today, November 1, and runs through to November 23. With the International Day to End Impunity fast approaching, we would like to highlight some resources, campaigns and organizations useful for anyone looking to get involved in the fight against impunity. Don’t forget to follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtags: #IDEI, #23nov and #EndImpunity
The International Day to End Impunity campaignThe International Day to End Impunity website is the best place to start for anyone looking to get involved with the initiative. Hosted by IFEX, the site contains a wealth of information about impunity, including a map of related events, campaign materials including posters and infographics, and resources on impunity around the world. It is also home to the “23 Actions in 23 Days” campaign, which provides a different case or action that you can participate in each day from November 1 – 23. Visit the International Day to End Impunity Website: daytoendimpunity.org Follow IFEX on Twitter: @IFEX Follow the campaign on Twitter: #IDEI
Speak Justice: Voices Against Impunity campaignCJFE is proud to be a partner of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ), Speak Justice: Voices Against Impunity campaign. Like IFEX’s campaign, Speak Justice aims to provide people with an opportunity to demand justice for journalists whose assailants remain unpunished. Their website features resources such as videos, information on collaborating organizations, and a downloadable toolkit filled with resources that may be shared on various social media platforms. Follow CPJ’s Speak Justice Now Campaign on Twitter: @SpeakJusticeNow Visit the Speak Justice Campaign website: speakjusticenow.org
Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)CMFR is an IFEX member organization based in the Philippines. They are committed to promoting the importance of the media and the role of the free press in the development of the Philippine democracy. The organization remains heavily involved in tracking the ongoing efforts to prosecute the perpetrators of the Ampatuan Massacre. They have set up a microsite specifically to highlight both the Massacre and the International Day to End Impunity campaign. Follow CMFR on Twitter: @cmfr Visit CMFR’s International Day to End Impunity microsite: cmfr-phil.org/endimpunityinph
Nouran Sedaghat is former CJFE intern, currently completing her degree in political science and art history.
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