Ensuring that people’s inherent rights to express and engage in the public discourse and, access and enjoy their freedoms
The Activists in Residence (AiR) programme ended with participation of 10 countries (Benin, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Morocco, Liberia, Somalia, Senegal and DR. Congo). Not only did the programme provide respite but also enabled activists to share their country specific experiences as they struggle to promote, defend and protect human rights against the ever narrowing political and civic space. This is Africans Rising modest contribution to strengthening local struggles for social justice.
We are #WithYouTogo
Last week, we issued a statement on the ongoing assault of citizens in Togo by the Togolese government. Many Governments in Africa are too weak to carry out the main functions of government which inter alia include, provision of public goods, control of the elites and wealth distribution. Togo like many other countries can only be able to do these functions when it can wield equality of justice; ensuring equal application of the Law. What we see now in Togo is far from that and as Africans Rising, we condemn the state sponsored brutality and call upon the government to return to the rule of law and ensure fidelity to the Constitution. We strongly condemn what is now becoming what the Nigerian scholar Nwabueze called the “Africaness of the Presidency – which is a Presidency that is largely free from limiting constitutional devices and restraint mechanisms”.
Sometimes nothing speaks louder than silence. So, this Friday 22nd September, the campaign will begin with a “day of silence”, as individuals and organisations choose to silence their own voices in solidarity with those who've been silenced against their will. The websites of global NGOs will turn black, ordinary citizens will ‘go dark’ on social media (for an hour or the whole day), and silent protests will take place in iconic locations across the world.
By silencing our own voices, we can amplify the voices of brave women and men who have been jailed or even killed for speaking out. People like human rights defender, Pastor Evan Mawarire, who faces trial in Zimbabwe’s high court next Monday because he dared to criticise the Mugabe regime and inspired a peaceful pro-democracy movement called #ThisFlag. Click here to silence your voice on Friday.
Our hearts and thoughts are with our sisters & brothers in the Diaspora in the United States and the Caribbean who have been battered by the hurricane.
To our sisters & brothers in Sierra Leone, we stand with you.
Your resilience will always be celebrated.
Lamin, Kumi & the team Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity
#AfricansRising Cooperation, Solidarity, Working together to build the #AfricaWeWant