The Executive Director of Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), Marcella Samba Sesay has joined other African activists at this year’s Civicus Alliance consultative meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. At this year’s engagement, African civil society activists would deliberate on Freedom of Expression and the Right to Peaceful Assembly. According to the ED the challenges faced by activists in the continent are of similar characteristics. At the opening session of the conference yesterday, there were interesting discussions on how the social media is being used to intimidate activists.
There were also discussions on how the police protect the regime and how the regime uses uneducated police officers at the front line to unleash terror.
Another issue that cropped up was the use of private security as bodyguards as opposed to legal state security and whether their actions are attributed to the State. CIVICUS has worked for nearly two decades to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens’ freedom of association are threatened. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. This is based on the belief that the health of societies exists in direct proportion to the degree of balance between the state, the private sector and civil society. CIVICUS provides a focal point for knowledge-sharing, common interest representation, global institution-building and engagement among these disparate sectors. It acts as an advocate for citizen participation as an essential component of governance and democracy worldwide. CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people and it gives expression to the enormous creative energy of the burgeoning sector of civil society.