Mozambican civil society organisations intend to create a platform for debate with a view to guaranteeing respect for human rights, especially in regions where extractive industries operate.
According to the executive director of ActionAid Mozambique, Gaspar Sitefane, who was speaking on Monday 4 December in Maputo during a workshop on improving rights and development responsibility in Portuguese-speaking African countries, the “aim is to create a platform to improve respect for and guarantees of human rights, especially for those people who are directly or indirectly victims of development and investment projects in the country”.
“We need to find ways for our communities to benefit from the country’s existing resources,” he emphasised.
For his part, the representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Arsénio Paulo, stressed that the platform will symbolise the organisation’s commitment to contributing to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations (UN).
“Human rights are interconnected and interdependent, so their realisation is essential to achieving sustainable development,” said the representative.