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Press release: Representatives of GAAMAC Africa Working Group meet in Abidjan

27 Aug 2021 7:33

Geneva – Abidjan – Grand Bassam, 27 August 2021

On the 1st and 2nd of September, 2021 the six Regional Focal Persons of GAAMAC’s Africa Working Group (G-AWG) will gather in Grand Bassam for a two-day retreat chaired by Justice Jamila Mohammed. Each representing an area of the African continent, they will prepare the ground for GAAMAC IV Global Meeting and discuss priorities of the G-AWG for 2022-2023.

The G-AWG is the largest and most active regional initiative of GAAMAC, a global and inclusive network of states, civil society and academic institutions that aim to support states in establishing national architectures and policies for the prevention of atrocities. It counts over 25 members from over 10 countries.

Justice Jamila Mohammed is the Chairperson of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination. She is also the Chair of the G-AWG and its Focal Person for East Africa. She says: “GAAMAC aims to move from reaction to atrocities to a culture of early and permanent prevention. It encourages and supports locally owned initiatives and is complementary to existing regional prevention efforts.”

During their visit to Côte d’Ivoire, the G-AWG Focal Persons will meet with key stakeholders, including the President of the National Human Rights Council, the Political adviser of the African Union, the Chargé d’Affaires a.i  of the Community of West African States (ECOWAS). They will explain how G-AWG may support national atrocity prevention architectures and policies in Africa.

The opening ceremony of the retreat, which will take place on 31 August 2021, will be attended by senior representatives of the government, the diplomatic community, international and regional organizations, members of civil society and the media.

 

For more information, contact :

Bakari Sidiki Diaby, General Coordinator at the African Coordination of Human Rights for the Armed Forces (French only)
07 49 98 81 67 / 05 05 05 82 87 / 01 52 10 11 03
diaby.bakari@cadha-afrique.com / bakarisidiki@yahoo.fr 

Noemi Manco, Communications Manager at the GAAMAC Support Office in Geneva (French and English)
noemi.manco@gaamac.org