What do rights have to do with it?

The Millennium Development Goals – ratified by 189 UN countries in 2000 – are perhaps among the most unifying principles the world could imagine, said WACC’s Deputy Director of Programmes, Philip Lee, while addressing participants at a workshop on communication rights and millennium development goals (MDGs)at the RCCongress 2010.

“Though the methods of achieving these goals are likely embedded in all kinds of religious and political complications, their basic principles, which are entirely supported by the UN Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent international agreements, are uncontroversial.”

Why, then, is the vision of reaching these targets waning?  For Lee, who is also the Editor of WACC’s international journal Media Development and author of several books on human rights and communications, the reason is the “astonishing” and “conspicuous” absence of attention to communication rights.

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