Montreux- Switzerland (PANA) -- Human rights organisations, including Amnesty Int ernational and the Fondation Hirondelle, Thursday called for greater respect for human rights i n member countries of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF), which is holding its 13 th summit here this weekend.
''We wanted to attract the attention of states to this essential issue on the ev e of the summit.
We are not saying that nothing has been done in terms of respect for human rights, but we believe that more has to be done,'' Manon Schick of the Swiss branch of Amnesty International told PANA.
In cooperation with the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the Observatory for diversity and cultural rights, Amnesty and the Hirondelle Foundation will Saturday hold a roun dtables on ''Human Rights in the heart of International cooperation.
Ten years after the Bamako Declaration''.
''This is an event being held in agreement with the organisers of the summit.
Th is reflects a willingness to listen to our concerns.
We intend taking advantage of this series of roundtables to put on the table burning issues.
Human rights are a development issue,'' Ms.
Speaking on behalf of the Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie, Ms.
Michel ine Calmy-Rey assured that a paragraph of the Declaration of Heads of State and Government attending the Summit will fo cus on the respect for human rights and democracy.
Issues of peace, democracy and human rights will dominate the summit, to be held under the theme: "Challenges and future visions of the Francophonie''.
The OIF is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Bamako Declaration, which ser ves as an instrument for measuring the respect for democracy and human rights in its member states.