Rwanda | UN urges journalists to support government to promote human rights
Media practitioners have been urged to advocate and support human rights in country.
This as the UN embarks on building their capacity towards reporting on agreed human rights standards.
Rwanda last year presented and agreed to 67 human rights standards with the UN.
Chris Mburu a senior advisor to United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Rwanda says much as the government has set up a team to follow up and support the process in relation to respecting human rights.
The UN also pledged to support the country technically to implement them.
“Of the recommendations Rwanda agreed on, some are already in implementation process like promoting women in decision making organs and promoting freedom of expression through reforms in media sector” Prof. Anastase Shyaka, Rwanda Governance Board CEO says.
Rwanda boosts 56% of women in parliament and over 57 news papers and the school of journalism aimed at improving the quality of the role of media in the country’s governance.
Some of UPR recommendations included finding homes and respecting indigenous people, promoting education, women in all decision making organs, freedom of expression and equal rights to all communities.
Universal Periodic Review is the process of recommendations that countries agree with UN to implement them in relation with human rights.
Out of 73 recommendations in Geneva last year, Rwanda agreed only 67, which is same as 91 percent of UPR recommendations.