Civil Society seeks official participation at US-Africa Leaders Summit




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With just weeks to go before the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders , which take place in August 4–6, a coalition of international NGOs and African civil has called on Barack Obama to provide official space for civil participation and to address issues of and good .

An online petition addressed to Obama launched last week via the website http://www.we-are-africa.org. A corresponding campaign called #WeAreAfrica also launched on Twitter.

The website and #WeAreAfrica campaign are the results of a Civil Forum, which convened in Washington, DC in late June. This meeting organized by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and , Open Society Foundations, Freedom House, Amnesty International USA, and Front Line Defenders.
The Forum convened 18 prominent activists from 12 countries to develop specific policy recommendations for the States government, African heads of state, and civil society to strengthen democratic and respect for human rights.[eap_ad_2]
The recommendations of the Forum were developed in three areas – the rule of , transparency and corruption and discrimination against marginalized groups – and presented to high-level representatives from the White House, Department of State, and the States Congress.
The fundamental message conveyed by African civil society at the time, and to this date, has been that these issues and recommendations should be addressed at the upcoming and that civil society be present as equal in the future of U.S.-Africa relations.[eap_ad_3]