The Geneva Centre has met with Fondation Hirondelle, a Swiss NGO founded by journalists committed to the creation of independent media in post-conflict zones and developing countries. By providing reliable and unbiased news and information, Fondation Hirondelle aims to allow millions of people to gain a realistic picture of events in their own countries and exercise the right of responsible citizenship. The ultimate goal is to build democratic societies and enhance freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. In this context, one of the privileged tools for conveying independent news is radio, seen as a means capable of reaching the most remote and scattered communities. Nowadays, radio has been integrated by new communication tools, such as Internet platforms and social networks, which, as a whole, reach out to millions of people in different parts of the world.
Dr. Pierre Hazan and Ms. Caroline Vuillemin, in their capacity respectively as Associate Professor at the University of Neuchâtel, and Chief Operations Officer at Fondation Hirondelle, presented JusticeInfo.Net, a unique transitional justice media platform aimed to “strengthen national and international justice processes by increasing their openness and accountability through mass media and information technology”. JusticeInfo.Net is scheduled to be launched in early 2015, and its main aim is to offer comprehensive, real-time and unbiased coverage of transitional justice issues and become the undisputed media of reference on prevention of atrocities.
In order to develop a large network of contributors, JusticeInfo.Net will collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, including NGOs and International Organizations. It is within this framework of collaboration that the Geneva Centre expressed its interest in supporting the initiative by Fondation Hirondelle, as well as in engaging in future projects of cooperation. “We need to work together to promote and protect human rights, and enhance transitional justice as a tool to advance peace processes in post-conflict zones” – stated Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of Geneva Centre Board of Management. “Our common objective is to reflect good practices and overcome existing challenges by enhancing global dialogue and cooperation. It is in virtue of our shared values that we will contribute to developing and implementing JusticeInfo.Net, paving the way for a long-term collaboration. Our credibility depends on the credibility of our partners”.