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Kumi Naidoo in support of the Africans Rising Campaign to Free Political Prisoners and Journalists

Campaign to Free Political Prisoners and Journalists #FreeThem

The Campaign to Free Political Prisoners and Journalists is one of Africans Rising’s initiatives to curb the spread of COVID-19 by appealing to African governments to release some of the people most vulnerable to the disease. While the whole world is experiencing the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, some populations are particularly vulnerable to the disease. Poor living conditions and overcrowding in prisons and jails make it hard or impossible for incarcerated people to follow guidelines to protect themselves from the disease.

Our movement believes that imprisonment in a time of epidemic is a potential death sentence. Political prisoners and journalists do not pose public threats and through our campaign we are working to raise awareness for the urgency of Pan African solidarity to support their release. As a part of this campaign, we are collecting and sharing the stories of political prisoners and journalists imprisoned during this time, we are issuing a statement and petition to African leaders for the release of all political prisoners and journalists, and we are promoting a social media campaign featuring prominent African activists to gather public support for the campaign.

Free Them All

Letter to African Presidents on #FreeThem Campiagn

His Excellency Evariste Ndayishimiye

Burundi

Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde

Ethiopia

His Excellency Abdel Fattah al-Burhan

Republic of Sudan

His Excellency Adama Barrow

The Gambia

His Excellency Alassane Ouatara

Cote d'Ivoire

His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa

His Excellency Fayez al-Sarraj

Republic of Lybia

His Excellency Félix Tshisekedi

DRC

His Excellency Faure Gnassingbé

Togo

His Excellency Hage Geingob

Namibia

His Excellency Patrice Talon

Benin

His Excellency Julius Maada Bio

Sierra Leone

His Excellency Kais Saied

Tunisia

His Excellency Macky Sall

Senegal

His Excellency Idriss Déby

Tchad

His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana

His Royal Highness Mohammed VI

Morocco

His Excellency Paul Biya

Cameroon

His Excellency Paul Kagame

Rwanda

His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit

South Sudan

His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya

His Excellency Umaro Sissoco Embaló

Guinée Biassau

His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso

Congo

His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Somalia

His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe

His Excellency Faure Gnassingbé

Togo

Individual Giving

Our core duty is to foster solidarity among all Africans and we do that by hosting and co-creating events, key actions, and campaigns. We are constantly working to amplify our efforts and impact, but we can only do that with your support. Please donate to Africans Rising so that together we can build the #AfricaWeWant.