UPR SESSION 31

senegal

Review Date: 5 November 2018

 

Senegal must make reforms to fully guarantee citizen’s rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and the right to privacy, and cease the arrest and intimidation of journalists and activists.

Senegal’s diverse media landscape helps it attain relatively high scores in international press freedom ranking indices, but some concerns relating to the implementation of the country’s press code remain.

“Indecency” laws and restrictions on “spreading false news” have been weaponised against artists, journalists, activists and individuals making political comments online. These laws must be amended to fully guarantee freedom of expression online and offline.

Ongoing efforts to establish data protection legislation are encouraging, but the Senegalese government must ensure that the Commission on Personal Data receives enough resources to fulfil its mandate.

The government of Senegal supported 75% of the 285 recommendations they received during their 1st and 2nd cycle UPR sessions.

 
0

The number of recommendations made to Senegal during the 1st and 2nd cycles that explicitly cover freedom of expression online or digital rights.

16

The number of recommendations made to Senegal during the 1st and 2nd cycles that implicitly cover freedom of expression online or digital rights.

 
 
 
 

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Recommendations

 
Take legislative measures to protect the press from political and administrative interferences, and uphold freedom of expression online and offline
Revise Articles 27, 180 and 181 of the draft Electronic Communications Code to ensure judicial oversight over the regulator’s powers, and to promote and protect media pluralism
Ensure that the Commission on Personal Data is sufficiently resourced to guarantee citizens’ right to data protection and privacy on the internet
Adopt an access to information law in compliance with human rights standards, with the participation of relevant civil society actors in the drafting process
 
 
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