When those who commit crimes against free expression are not held to account, it hurts us all.
Based in Toronto, Canada, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) is a network of organizations connected by a shared commitment to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. WACC also advocates the right to communicate.
While there is a growing awareness of the problem of impunity and how it allows - even exacerbates - violations of human rights, the pressure needs to be kept up, IFEX said in a news release. The IFEX network comprises over 80 organizations working in more than 60 countries around the world. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about how a culture of impunity stifles freedom of expression, and to inspire people to take action to weaken its power.
Countless citizens, artists, bloggers, scientists, musicians and journalists have been harassed, threatened, tortured, intimidated, jailed and worse for exercising their basic human right to free expression. Over 500 journalists have been killed in the last decade, IFEX said. Most of the perpetrators of these crimes can count on never being brought to justice.
This year's campaign includes calls for actions to be taken now in support of five courageous individuals:
Joining in this effort, IFEX member organizations around the globe will be launching their own initiatives, adding their voices to the call to end impunity.