2013 featured even more events and milestones competing for spotlight positions than usual. We've chosen five for special mention here. To learn more, you can search this site or contact us directly at info (@) ifex.org.
Advocacy victories in Cambodia
Broad-based and targeted campaigning efforts in support of Cambodian broadcaster Mam Sonando paid off with his release in March 2013. Sonando had been jailed for his activism regarding land conflict and forced evictions. Land rights activist Yorm Bopha was granted release from prison on bail by the Supreme Court of Cambodia during the 2013 International Day to End Impunity campaign.
A lobbying victory in the Americas
Through intensive on-site lobbying at the Extraordinary General Assembly meeting of the Organisation of American States in Washington in March 2013, particularly with Caribbean delegates, the IFEX network for Latin American and the Caribbean (IFEX-ALC) helped defeat a proposal by Ecuador to reduce the powers of the office of the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.
A stand-out GM and Strategy Conference in Phnom Penh
Our 17th General Meeting (GM) and Strategy Conference, hosted by IFEX member the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, brought together more than 200 free expression activists and experts for a week of meetings and workshops to focus energies, build skills and find new ways to increase the impact of our work. Welcoming 12 new members at the GM, the IFEX network is benefitting from even more information, analysis and action.
The campaign to end impunity for crimes against free expression
A record 63 members took part in IFEX’s 2013 International Day to End Impunity campaign, which shone a spotlight on five key individuals under grave and continued threat for their work. The campaign was reported in over 140 media outlets in more than 50 countries in a dozen languages; a reported 8 million people were reached via social media; and impunity-related events were hosted by at least 26 members around the world in 21 countries. One of the most exciting developments during the 2013 campaign was the passing of the United Nations resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, which proclaimed 2 November as the International Day to End Impunity for crimes against journalists.
A new free expression network in Africa
With support from IFEX, members in Africa moved forward with plans to develop the strategic potential of advocacy and networking at the regional level. The newly established African Freedom of Expression Network (AFEX), made up of IFEX member organisations in Africa, developed a framework for regional networking and held its first meeting in Ghana in December 2013.