From the 21st to the 23rd of November 2011 seventy civil society leaders from twentyfive African countries gathered in Johannesburg at a historic continental conference “Protecting Democracy – Reclaiming Civil Society Space in Africa”. The main objective of the conference was to share research findings and experiences regarding civil society space and to collectively generate effective responses to shrinking space for civil society in Africa.
The Conference was officially opened by Dr. Maina Kiai, the United Nations Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association. It was also graced by Ms Reine Alapini- Gansou, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) as well as Hon Joseph Mbah-Ndam, Member of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Pan African Parliament (PAP). The Conference was organised by CCP-AU in partnership with Trust Africa, OSISA, OSIWA and the Southern Africa Trust.