The Africa Working Group translates GAAMAC’s vision into regional, culturally-relevant support to national atrocity prevention mechanisms and policies in Africa. It fosters regional emulation through awareness-raising activities and trainings and the sharing of expertise and good practices between governments, national institutions and CSOs.
The Africa Working Group holds regular virtual meetings to exchange atrocity prevention updates from members’ respective states. In addition, the group’s Focal Persons, representing the five geographic regions of the African continent, convene regional strategy meetings to exchange on good practices.
- A two-day workshop was organized in Yamoussoukro by The African Coordination of Human Rights for the Armed Forces (CADHA) with the support of the Raphael Lemkin Center for Africa (CERLA) and the support of GAAMAC in March 2021 where 60 officers of the armed forces of Ivory Coast have been sensitized to the prevention of mass atrocities.
- A second workshop took place in Yamoussoukro in June 2021 and sensitized 20 newly elected Members of Parliament and Senators on best practices for the establishment and management of national mechanisms for genocide and mass atrocities prevention. The workshop was led by members of the armed forces, civil society, and international experts such as a member of the Kenya National Committee on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity (KNC). During the training, the KNC has shared its draft bill on the prevention of genocide as a good example of how to strengthen the national capacity to prevent atrocities.
- A Training Toolkit on Establishing and Managing National Mechanisms for Mass Atrocity Prevention was published in November 2021. It fleshes out, step by step, a learning plan for actors who wish to create or consolidate domestic national prevention mechanisms.
- As part of GAAMAC’s informal alliance with UNESCO, AWG members served as members of the UN/UNESCO Advisory Group on genocide education in Africa to conduct a peer review of the first draft of the teachers’ guide on genocide education in Africa.
In 2022, the Africa Working Group will conduct a series of trainings based on the Training Toolkit. Trainings are planned to take place in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Kenya.
Members of the Africa Working Group
- Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)
- West Africa Responsibility to Protect Coalition (WAC-R2P)
- West African Transitional Justice Centre
- Benin Human Rights Commission
- Conflict Alert and Prevention Centre
Central African Republic
- National Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and Other Criminal Atrocities
- Coordination Africaine des Droits de l’Homme (CADHA)
- Raphael Lemkin Center for Africa (CERLA)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Blessed Aid
- Coalition des Volontaires pour la Paix et le Développement
- Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
- National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination (KNC)
- Rights for Peace
- Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP)
- Youth Clubs for Peace
- National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and all Forms of Discrimination*
- Inter-Religious Council for Peace
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation
- Justice Access Point
- Platform for Social Justice
- National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
- The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD)
- Victim Support Unit (VSU)
*Member of GAAMAC’s Steering Group
The Africa Working Group also includes members who serve in their individual capacity:
- Rita Izsak-Ndiaye, OSCE Personal Representative on Children and Security (Senegal)
- Andie Lambe, Independent Consultant on Human Rights (Uganda)
- Lambert Oparah, Chairman Trauma Awareness Resilience Initiatives (Nigeria)
- Ashad Sentongo, Director of Africa Programs, Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (Uganda)
- Sambwa Simbyakula-Chilembo, Principal Counsel, International Law and Agreements Department, Ministry of Justice (Zambia)
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Any state, non-government organization and academic institution involved in atrocity prevention is eligible to become a partner.
The group is led by a Chair and Vice-Chair who are advised by an honorary Patron.
Justice Jamila Mohammed
Justice Jamila Mohammed was appointed Chair in April 2021. She is also the Chairperson of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination under the auspices of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). Justice Mohammed has served in different leadership positions to foster the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda. She was bestowed with the Award of Elder of the Burning Spear by the President of the Republic of Kenya in 2019 and was recognized for her Long Service and Dedication to FIDA Kenya in 2012.
Bakari Sidiki Diaby
Bakari Sidiki Diaby serves as Vice-Chair of the Africa Working Group since April 2021. He is also the General Coordinator of the African Coordination of Human Rights for the Armed Forces (CADHA). Mr. Diaby has an extensive expertise in human rights and in the prevention of mass atrocities. From 2013 to 2018 he served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission of Côte d’Ivoire (CNDHCI). Since 2016, he is the Permanent Secretary of the Network of National Human Rights Institutions of the Member States of the West African Monetary and Economic Union. Since 2018, he is an expert, member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
Minister Liberata Mulamula
Minister Liberata Mulamula serves the Africa Working Group as honorary Patron. From 2016 until 2021, when she was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tanzania, Minister Mulamula chaired the Africa Working Group. Before her appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister Mulamula has been a career Diplomat with 35 years of experience serving in various capacities, including Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United States of America and Non-Resident Ambassador to Mexico, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Advisor of the former Tanzania President H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete on Diplomatic Affairs. She also served as the First Executive Secretary of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region Secretariat (ICGLR) from 2006 to 2011 and is a recipient of the Order of the United Republic of Tanzania 2015 Award for Distinguished Public Service.
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