By Stellamaris Ashinze, Lagos.
Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a leading Pan-African human rights and advocacy organisation, on Friday unveiled a short film – “Finding Diana” – online to commemorate the 2022 International Human Rights Day.
Ms Thobekile Matimbe, Partnerships and Engagements Manager of PIN, said in a statement that the movie ‘Finding Diana’ was premiered to stress the importance of the day.
The International Human Rights Day, which is celebrated on Dec. 10, is a set aside by the United Nations to draw global attention to human rights issues and the theme for 2022 celebration is “Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All”.
Matimbe said that the movie, “Finding Diana”, which was inspired by the organisation’s 2021 Londa report, would be aired live on YouTube.
She said that human rights were based on values that kept the society fair, just and equal.
Matimbe called on African nations to guarantee human dignity and online freedom for all.
“Paradigm Initiative continues to make deliberate efforts geared towards expanding the continent’s digital rights.
“‘Finding Diana’ short film is an advocacy tool, which goes a long way in emphasising themes such as internet freedom, freedom of expression and access to information, among others.
“Everyone should be able to use the internet without fear of violence or harassment.
“In premiering the movie virtually, PIN joins the world to reflect on the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948,’’ she said.
According to her, the film will be screened to audiences drawn from different parts of the world.
Matimbe said that the 2021 Londa report highlighted the state of digital rights and inclusion in 22 countries across the African continent.
She said that every year, PIN monitored the environment, documented violations, and reported on the state of digital rights and inclusion in Africa.
According to her, the title of the report, which emanates from Zulu origin, echoes a call for action to protect or defend the digital rights and inclusion environment in Africa.
She said that Paradigm Initiative also built online platforms that educated and served as safe spaces for the reporting of digital rights violations.
She added that these mediums, in the form of reports, short films and educational online platforms, included Ayeta, Londa and Ripoti.