Tuesday , April 20 2021

Civil society announces response …

THEclose to the withdrawal of the approval of Francophone Africa Leader of Enda, whom the power criticizes the financing of Y is fed up, twelve personalities and organizations of the civil society made a declaration in which they claim the cancellation of the act aiming at Leadership and announce a plan of action . We offer your statement in extenso (titles are from the editorial team).


"W.On Friday, November 16, 2018, the NGO Líder Afrique Francophone was notified of a decision of the Minister of the Interior dated November 5, 2017, revoking the decree authorizing the creation of the association, thus closing the authorization granted to the association and order the immediate cessation of its activities in the national territory.

Earlier, leaders of the association were summoned on Tuesday, Nov. 13, for an interrogation that lasted from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the central police station, along with three other NGO leaders (ENDA TM, OXFAM, OSIWA) in the context of an open investigation into alleged financial irregularities for the benefit of Association Y, has already grown tired.

Withdrawal of the request
"Civil society organizations gathered on spontaneous initiative denounce this act of the Minister of the Interior and demand the immediate withdrawal of the decree. They express their solidarity with the associations Y EN A MARRE and ENDA LEAD AFRIQUE FRANCOPHONE, who are subject to unjust persecution by the Ministry of the Interior.

THEIn addition to this serious and unacceptable act in the operation of the rule of law, it is necessary to note repeated attempts for some time by the public authority to reduce the public space for the expression of citizens and state organizations. civil society through threats and acts of intimidation that can not flourish in our democracy that consecrate individual and collective freedoms and citizen participation in its fundamental charter and in most of the legal texts that organize the Senegalese Republic.

Containment Strategy
"Recalling the decision of the Senegalese government to denounce the siege agreements that bind the Senegalese government to certain NGOs in 2011, we consider that the electoral periods are moments of tension and implementation of strategies of containment of the social forces that, however, work only in context of public interest, through actions aimed at the economic and social progress of citizens and the strengthening of our democracy.

PBy promoting the common values ​​of democracy, the protection of human rights and individual and collective freedoms and participation in citizens' public action, our organizations renew their strong commitment to these principles and pledge to defend them at national and international levels. .

Answer Plan
"We remind the Government of Senegal to respect strictly the principles enshrined in the Constitution, the fundamental law of the country and the various international commitments to which the State of Senegal is a party. This should result in the termination of the application related to the LEAD AFRIQUE FRANCOPHONE association and in respect for your rights and termination of ongoing intimidation against other organizations.

The collective created in this respect to defend and preserve the rights of citizens, associations and NGOs in Senegal, will shortly inform a plan of action to accompany this position that challenges the Government of Senegal. "

Have signed:
– Collective of Civil Society Organizations for Elections (Cosce);
– Amnesty International Senegal
– Senegal Social Forum;
– Y in a sea
– LEGS Africa
– Article 19 Senegal / West Africa
– Cos M23
– Alioune TINE
– LEAD Senegal
– Union of Independents of Senegal

Author: Youssouf SANÉ – Seneweb.com

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