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Panel Discussion: African Voices for Equality

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Date: 
June 26, 2014 - 6:30pm

Human Rights First, National Black Justice Coalition,  Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice
and Human Rights, and Advocates for Youth Present:

Panel Discussion: African Voices for Equality

June 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Capitol Visitor Center: Congressional Meeting Room South
Refreshments and appetizers provided

Featuring:

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

John Foley
East and Horn Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

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

Pepe Onziema
East African LGBT Activist

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

Moderated by:

Urooj Arshad
Associate Director, International Youth Health and Rights Advocates for Youth

Human rights activists have been watching events unfold in Africa with increasing alarm, particularly the passage of new legislation that will negatively impact already marginalized communities including sexual minorities.  Fortunately, these negative trends are also serving as a call to action for those human rights defenders and activists who are already engaged in creating a safe environment for all of Africa’s people.  Voices from throughout the continent are calling for an end to violence and discrimination and a new understanding about the situation of sexual minorities in Africa.  We are pleased to be bringing together a team of prominent African defenders who will share their expertise and their vision for an Africa that is open to all.

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