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IFEX 5-minute explainers: Tools for global advocacy

IFEX offers this collection of explainers to help civil society engage in global spaces for free expression advocacy. And it’s a two-way street. As much as we need to use them, these mechanisms also need us, to make them effective.

Like many of you, the IFEX network is committed to using every tool at its disposal to make it safer to be a journalist, and to ensure that those who commit crimes against free expression, anywhere in the world, are held to account.

This work needs our very best advocacy efforts. There are several international spaces and mechanisms that civil society can access, both through the UN and regional bodies. But they can feel inaccessible... and sometimes confusing. IFEX offers these explainers to help demystify the processes and make it easier to strategically engage with them.

What you need to know about UNESCO's report on journalists' safety and impunity

  • The Director General's report on journalists killed in countries around the world since 2006 is a powerful tool – one with the potential to do even more.
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What is the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity?

  • The UN Plan of Action on journalists' safety provides an opportunity to join a multi-stakeholder effort to fight impunity for crimes against journalists.
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How can UN resolutions make it safer to be a journalist?

  • Since 2012, several landmark resolutions have been approved by UN bodies on the issue of the safety of journalists. This guide explains what they are, and how to use them to keep governments accountable.
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How does the UN monitor the implementation of its resolutions on journalists' safety?

  • Learn how the UN checks whether States are putting their international commitments on journalists' safety and the problem of impunity into action, and how civil society can contribute.
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The "Cre": A UNESCO human rights tool you might not know about

  • UNESCO's Committee on Conventions and Recommendations offers a mechanism that any individual or group can use to try to get violations of rights, including the right to freedom of expression, addressed by States – but it's relatively unknown.
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From special rapporteurs to expert working groups: the UN's special procedures

  • This 5-minute IFEX guide is an introduction to a specific group of specialists - UN special rapporteurs and expert working groups - and how you can work with them to promote freedom of expression.
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Women's (in)equality and the media: Engaging with the UN Commission on the Status of Women

  • Read this 5-minute IFEX guide to learn about ways to engage with the UN Commission on the Status of Women to promote gender equality in your freedom of expression advocacy work.
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