KAS-Geneva, CFED-Malawi Train African Journalists in Reporting UPR

On January 19, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)-Geneva Office partnered Centre for Education and Development (CFED)-Malawi to train 60 journalists from Togo and Zimbabwe. The journalists are being trained in reporting the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council which is a process that reviews how member states are protecting and respecting human rights of their people. The trainings were held ahead of the review process for the two countries scheduled for 24 and 26 January 2022 respectively.

Albert Sharra, the founder of CFED-Malawi and also KAS Media Africa programme scholar said he is happy that KAS-Geneva has embarked on a mission of popularizing UPR among African journalists. He said he would use the support to take UPR trainings to all African countries.

“Since we share same interests, we volunteered to help them with mobilizing journalists in Africa for free. They identify a trainer and provide data for the trainees and out job is to identify trainees and organize them for the training. It is our wish to take UPR trainings to all African countries,” said Sharra.

He added that his next project is to take Geneva closer to African journalists saying despite that decisions made by the world’s international organisations in Geneva affects the whole world, most African media are disconnected from the updates.

KAS-Geneva director Dr. Olaf Wientzek thanked Sharra and KAS-Geneva’s Research Associate Sarah Ultes for facilitating the training logistics. He said he was happy to see large groups of journalists during the trainings held so far.

According to CFED-Malawi programme manager Jacqueline Banda, next trainings were held in South Sudan on 27 January 2022. South Sudan will undergo the review process on 31 January 2022. The next target was Sudan whose review was scheduled for 1 February 2022. The Sudan training was held on July 14, 2022 because of the ongoing protests in the country.

In 2021, UPR trainings were conducted in Malawi, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. A total of 130 journalists were trained. All trainings are being facilitated by Nicoletta Zappile from UPR-INFO.

Updated list of African countries trained in reporting UPR under the current arrangement are Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Togo, South Sudan and Sudan.

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