On August 3rd, a coalition of advocacy groups including Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) held a press conference in Washington DC calling on President Barack Obama to not recognize the sham elections... READ MORE
Restoring U.S. Funding of the WHO
On May 29, 2020, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the WHO and announced on April 14th that he would defund it. WHO funding is essential for Africa. AFJN with AdNA advocated Congress for continued participation in and funding for the WHO. The House of Representatives included WHO funding for 2021.
A Moratorium on Rents Increase During COVID-19
On May 8, 2020, AFJN sent a letter to Congressional Committees asking for a moratorium on rental increases. The stay-at-home orders were causing financial hardships and preventing tenants from shopping for competitive and more affordable housing. Many of those burdened were African migrants. To advance this policy we:
- We met with Representative Jamie Raskin (MD), Member of the National Coronavirus Response Committee, since he had implemented a similar measure in his own county and supported the idea.
- Created an action alert encouraging individuals to contact their representatives in support of moving legislation
Debt Forgiveness and the Issuance of Special Drawing Rights
Indebted nations, already heavily burdened before the pandemic, lacked resources to service their debts when COVID-19 hit. AFJN with our partners advocated the U.S. Administration and Congress, Europe, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund for:
- Bilateral and multilateral debt forgiveness for African countries that included strong accountability measures.
- U.S. support of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) by the IMF to member countries in this time of crisis. SDRs were last used in 2009 during the global recession.
In addition, AFJN also mobilized African Ambassadors to support the above measures via letters and phone calls.
*Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Contacts: Gena Berglund, International Humanitarian Law Institute of Minnesota, 651-208-7964; Scott Erlinder, brother of Peter Erlinder, 312-656-6098. *Peter Erlinder is hospitalized for high blood pressure; The ICTR issues... READ MORE
It is confirmed that Law Professor and International Human Rights Lawyer, Peter Erlinder, is free from a Rwandan jail where he has been detained since May 28th. President Kagame’s regime could not stand... READ MORE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Heidi Boghosian 212-679-5100, ext. 11, Gena Berglund 651-208-7964 Masako Usui, the wife of detained ICTR defense attorney, Peter Erlinder, will speak with U.N. Security Council Members this week. Monday... READ MORE
The Rwandan government’s latest arrest of Professor Peter Erlinder is one of the many attempts to silence the voices calling for justice and democracy in Rwanda. Peter Erlinder, a professor at William Mitchell... READ MORE
AFJN has long been concerned about Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s role in destabilizing eastern DRC, as well as his heavy-handed and undemocratic leadership style at home. Recently, his regime’s politically repressive behavior in... READ MORE
Earlier this month, the Zimbabwain Bishops put out a powerful pastoral letter on healing and reconciliation in their nation, entitled “God Can Heal the Wounds of the Afflicted.” “Today, we all need healing... READ MORE
ACTION ALERT! If you’ve been following the news recently, you’ve probably heard a lot about pirates. Not the swashbuckling, patch-over-the-eye, ruthless robber kind, but the disempowered, poverty-stricken, Somali kind. Although the piracy situation... READ MORE
by Beth Tuckey For many of us, the word “pirate” conjures up a whole host of images, most notably that of a swashbuckling, patch-over-the-eye, ruthless robber. In our history texts, pirates sailed the... READ MORE