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How Can the United States Support Civil Society Organizations in Africa?

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June 27, 2014 - 3:30pm

This August, President Obama will host 47 African heads of state at the first ever U.S. Africa Leaders Summit. Join us as we bring together eight prominent African human rights defenders to share their expertise on the human rights and civil rights priorities for the Pan-African region and why it is crucial that the president include civil society voices and address human rights concerns during the Summit. In recent years, African activists and civil society leaders have often faced many obstacles to participation in multilateral meetings. The speakers will address pressures and restrictions on human rights defenders and activists across the region and how the United States can work to promote and protect human rights in their nations.


Joseph Bikanda
Secretary of the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network

Diallo Abdoul Gadiry
Representative, West Africa Human Rights Defenders Network

Maximillienne Ngo Mbe
Executive Director and Representative, Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network

Pepe Onziema
East African LGBT Activist

Hassan Shire
Director, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

Ziad Abdel Tawab
Deputy Director, Cairo Institute for Human Rights

Arnold Tsunga
Chairperson and Representative, South Africa Human Rights Defenders Network

Moderated by:
Neil Hicks
Director, Human Rights Promotion, Human Rights First


20 F Street, NW Conference Center
Washington, D.C. 20001