It was in this regard that a three-day training workshop for local community radio broadcasters was organized from the 10th to 12th November 2017 in Buea by AFRICAphonie-Cameroon with financial support from the Canadian Funds for Local Initiative (CFLI). Nathalie O‟Neil, accompanied by her Programmes Officer, graced the event with her presence.
The whole idea of the workshop was to inculcate professional skills into the participants and equally stimulate them into producing human-rights broadcasts, using Pidgin English as a lingua franca to facilitate public understanding. Paper presentations on major national and international human rights instruments (laws), gender related violence, the merits of community radio, and effective broadcasting techniques, followed by question-and-answer sessions, group work, and field trips, characterized the workshop.
All finalists participate in this contest individually, and submit an individual essay addressing a human rights issue of a specific country whilst considering viable international cooperative measures as a solution.
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If the time limit for the speech is exceeded, the team will be given a point deduction.
The main evaluation criteria for the welcoming speech are: an original approach (creativity) and involvement of the team members (teamwork). The students are requiered to submit a short essay (maximum of 25 pages) on an IHL related issue.The students’ performances during the competition are assessed by experts in the field of international criminal law, including academics, judges and other practitioners from the ICC, ICTY, ICTR, ECCC and SCSL.The Human Rights Essay Contest is an opportunity for participants to present their own opinions and thoughts on possible solutions to a human rights issue (related to their representing State) in essay form.The ICC Trial Competition is a unique Moot Court competition in its direct focus on ICC proceedings and international criminal law.During the competition students compete in the role of the Prosecutor, Defence and alternatively, Victims Representatives or States.The five facilitators were renowned radio broadcasters and legal luminaries with a strong bias towards the defence and promotion of human rights and gender balance, drawn from relevant agencies in Cameroon.As a product of the workshop, this Guide serves as a reminder of what human rights is and how good radio programmes could be conceived, produced and broadcast in a way as to effectively sensitize the grassroots on the issue.This has not been the case in Cameroon especially with community radio practitioners who cannot gain complete access to training and empowerment of human rights related issues.The situation is made worse by an already information-poor rural community whose high rate of illiteracy prevents them from reading newspapers, which are sometimes unavailable or too expensive for the people to buy Yet, human rights awareness has in the last couple of years become a critical issue in rural communities in the North West and South West Cameroonian regions with media reports attesting to the fact that more and more people living in rural areas are trapped in court proceedings for human rights related crimes like domestic violence, gender-based violence, land theft, human trafficking, sexual harassment, arson, female genital mutilation, breast ironing etc.However, in the state of Texas over 234,000 individuals have been victims of labor trafficking, and over 79,000 youth have been victims of sex trafficking of minors.This crime occurs right in our backyard; therefore, raising awareness of this hideous crime is essential, if the fight to end trafficking and other such human/civil rights violations is to occur.