The failure to effectively communicate human rights, specifically when it comes to migration, was explored during a conference in Malta on 14 June.
The joint ICMPD/EUROMED event focused on the role of the media and policy-makers in balancing the narrative on migration. The need to reach out to three interrelated and interdependent target groups was examined. These are politicians, the general public and media, including new media.
The Agency shared viewpoints collected during its recent multidisciplinary expert meeting of how best to communicate human rights. These included greater appreciation and understanding of the diversity among people in order to craft appropriate messages which are understandable and relevant to everyday people. This includes giving stories a human face rather than simply facts and figures.