Ivory Coast to get human rights broadcasting service
October 9th, 2009 - 15:47 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

The Director General of the Human Rights Radio and Television Network, Maurice Tiasse-Massengo, visiting Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on Thursday announced the setting up of a human rights broadcasting service in the country, which is emerging from an internal conflict.

Mr Tiasse-Massengo was speaking after a meeting with the National Human Rights Commission of Cote d’Ivoire. He explained that the rights radio and television will be designed to promote human rights in the country and the sub-region.

“The experience in Brazzaville was very successful,” he hailed, pointing out that a coordination of Europe-based African NGOs took the decision to establish a Human Rights Radio and Television Network in Geneva in 1992.

“We have tried to collect funds for this project to emerge since 1992,” Tiasse Massengo said. “The project was launched in Brazzaville in 2007. We hope this project will be launched in Abidjan in 2010,” he added, highlighting the choice of Cote d’Ivoire to host the radio and television service.

“We chose it because it is a big country with a huge population, which has an important economic and human potential and is just coming out of an internal conflict,” he argued. According to him, “Cote d’Ivoire should be encouraged for better promotion of human rights, better education, as ignorance and contempt of rights led people to actions which have annoyed everyone.”

“This is why we do everything for Cote d’Ivoire to be the first country to host a rights broadcast devoted 80% to civic education,” he said.