Faced with the impossibility of holding face-to-face meetings for some time to come, Friday 12 June 2020 saw the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) and its Secretariat, the Wayamo Foundation, holding their first online Zoom video meeting to exchange views on what could be done to adapt to the coronavirus crisis.
The meeting was presided over by Vice-Chair, Athaliah Molokomme, and was attended by nine of the AGJA’s full complement of eleven members. Calling in from their respective bases in the USA, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, the members briefly reviewed their own AGJA-based activities and then moved on to discuss a series of planned events and initiatives in which AGJA members hope to take part.
Although any final arrangements will necessarily be dictated by the uneven pace and progress of the pandemic in the different target countries across Africa, October 2020 was tentatively mentioned as a possible date for the Pretoria symposium, which had originally been scheduled for 13 March this year.
In addition to international justice matters of concern in Guinea, Nigeria, Sudan and elsewhere, one concrete issue that received the full force of the members’ attention was racial violence, as embodied by the Black Lives Matter protests currently sweeping the world.