CAPE TOWN–The African Parliamentarian Association for Human Rights (Afripahr) met at Parliament here Wednesday to hold a strategic planning session for the steering committee of the network of parliamentarians.
It was the first time that the association had held the event in South Africa. Parliamentarians and political leaders from Thailand, the United States, Britain, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Africa attended the event which was held for the first time in the country.
Afripahr Chairperson NqabayomziKwankwa said the the event was held in South Africa in honour of the two former Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
Kwankwa said: Our colleagues from the US and the UK felt that because this is the year of Nelson Mandela, we should hold our strategic planning session here in South Africa on Human Rights Day, in honour of former President Nelson Mandela.
“And those from other African countries in particular felt that because this programme has a Pan Africanist agenda that it should also be held in South Africa in honour of former President Thabo Mbeki who was working throughout his life to ensure that there is a Renaissance of Africa ….
We will be discussing what role as parliamentarian we can play in trying to advance the course of democracy, democratic principle and human rights in Africa.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK