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British Council holds Media, Human Rights and Democracy dialogue

February 21, 2019 4:41 pm
The “Media, Human Rights and Democracy” dialogue in Suva

Freedom of expression and human rights were some of the topics of discussions during the “Media, Human Rights and Democracy” dialogue.

The dialogue was held in Suva today.

While officiating at the event, European Union Delegation for the Pacific representative, Ingrid Swinnen says the discussion will support Fiji’s International commitments to media independence and human rights.

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Swinnen says the EU is committed to promoting human rights and gender equality and has been supporting the British Council’s Valuing Voices development project over the years.

She adds the one-day dialogue is a good start for the media fraternity, youth groups, and other relevant stakeholders to address issues faced by them in an open-door discussion.

“Four years, we partnered with the British Council and launched this project with the overall objective to contribute to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

British Council Project Manager, Sivendra Micheal says the dialogue is the first of its kind and aims to hear voices on some of the issues that concern the media, human rights, and democracy.

The dialogue consists of more than 70 representatives together with panelists from the media organizations, law firms, youths, and the LGBTI community.

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