Africa Group Statement on Zimbabwe

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The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability Applauds Citizens of Zimbabwe, Offers Support and Assistance

Following the resignation of Robert Mugabe on 21 November 2017, the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) applauds the continued resolve of the people of Zimbabwe and their demonstrated commitment to democracy and the rule of law. The AGJA also commends all relevant actors who have played a pivotal role in ensuring that the country has remained peaceful during this time of political uncertainty.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe and their inspirational vision of a democratic nation that respects the rule of law and guarantees the rights of all of its citizens,” the Africa Group members stated. “As Zimbabwe turns a page in its history, we look forward to a nation that offers full respect for democracy, justice  and human rights. In line with the Kilimanjaro Principles, we are prepared and ready to offer any and all support and assistance to Zimbabwean authorities and institutions with regards to the achievement of justice and accountability in the country.”

At the core of the AGJA’s work are its efforts to enhance the capacity of domestic states to investigate and prosecute international as well as transnational and organized crimes. The AGJA is currently engaged in capacity-building initiatives in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Most recently, the AGJA sent a delegation to The Gambia to consult with the government, international stakeholders, and civil society on matters of justice and accountability during the country’s ongoing transition.

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability comprises senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, including political figures, members of international and domestic tribunals, and human rights advocates:

  • Dapo Akande (Nigeria), Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford
  • Femi Falana (Nigeria), Human rights activist and lawyer
  • Hassan Bubacar Jallow (Gambia), Chief Justice of the Gambia, former Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for 
Rwanda and International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
  • Richard Goldstone (South Africa), Former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 
and the former Yugoslavia
  • Tiyanjana Maluwa (Malawi), H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law, Pennsylvania State University School of Law; Former Associate 
Dean for International Affairs, School of Law & Director, School of International Affairs
  • Athaliah Molokomme (Botswana), Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Botswana to Switzerland and the UN Office 
in Geneva, and former Attorney-General of Botswana
  • Betty Kaari Murungi (Kenya), Senior Advisor on Transitional Justice to the Joint Monitoring and evaluation 
commission (JMEC)
  • Mohamed Chande Othman (Tanzania), Former Chief Justice of Tanzania
  • Navi Pillay (South Africa), Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Catherine Samba-Panza (Central African Republic), Former Transitional President of the Central African Republic
  • Fatiha Serour (Algeria), Director of Serour Associates for Inclusion and Equity
  • Abdul Tejan-Cole (Sierra Leone), Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa

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