Between 2006 and 2020, more than 1,200 journalists were killed worldwide, and almost 9 out of 10 cases of these murders remain unsolved in court, according to the UNESCO Observatory on the Murders of Journalists. Impunity leads to more murders and is often a symptom of escalating conflicts and the breakdown of legislation and judicial systems. UNESCO is concerned that impunity damages entire societies by covering up serious human rights violations, corruption and crime. Governments, civil society, the media and all parties interested in strengthening the rule of law are invited to join the global effort to end impunity.
In recognition of the far-reaching consequences of impunity, especially with regard to crimes against journalists, in 2013, during its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 68/163, in which it decided to proclaim November 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The resolution urges Member States to take concrete measures to combat impunity. The date was chosen in memory of two French journalists killed in Mali on November 2, 2013.
The information is taken from the website www.nansmit.tj.
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