Open letter of the African French speaking countries CSO’s leaders to HE Mr. Barack OBAMA, President of the United States of America
Subject : USA-Africa Summit
Friday 4th July, 2014
We learned through the press that you have invited the leaders of 47 African countries to participate in a summit at the White House, from fifth to sixth of August 2014. Among the countries noticeably absent from this list: Zimbabwe, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, but also Egypt and Madagascar, because these countries "do not have good relations with the United States or are suspended from the African Union." Does this mean that all those present are free of blame in relation to this criterion alone? Is this the standard by which the United States of America, a powerful nation, evaluates its partner countries?
We, members of the African Civil Society in Francophone countries, believe that your criteria are very limited and do not reflect the reality of our lives with those who are supposed to lead our countries.
All these countries colonized by France share a glaring lack of democracy, mismanagement of national resources, widespread poverty of their populations, while for the most part, their ground is full of natural resources sold at exorbitant prices, a flagrant lack of transparency in the management of public affairs, a monarchical conception of power and dynastic succession to power unacceptable for so-called democratic countries. And we consider France as the main actor in the oppressive situation in which our people live.
In soliciting your attention, we are not asking for alms.
We denounce the duplicity of the great powers, which according to their own interests, tend to keep the African people under oppression and misery by supporting dictatorships.
Through our voice, these people cry out for justice and appeal to your sense of the common good. The United States is a country that was created and developed through the goodwill of a few great men who fought against injustice and for the liberation of minds: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, etc.
In this context, we expect from you a strong speech, one in which the United States of America, as a nation embodied in rights, stands with oppressed peoples in Francophone Africa and requires respect for human rights and good
We expect that the United States strongly condemns any attempt at electoral fraud, manipulation of the constitution and use of the country's resources for personal purposes. Yourself, had addressed the issue quite explicitly in Accra, on 12 July 2009: "A country cannot create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves."
You know, Mr. President, poverty, bad governance, dictatorship are not inevitable in Francophone Africa. And you mentioned in your historic speech in Accra: "Development depends on good governance. It is the ingredient that has failed in too many places for too long. This is the change that can unlock Africa's potential. And this responsibility can only be endorsed by Africans."
Therefore, we respectfully invite you to materialize in concrete terms the hopes that you raised that day in Accra because like you, we believe that "Africa does not need strongmen, but strong institutions, guarantor of a true democracy. "
Please accept, Mr. President, the assurances of our respectful greetings.
Surnames and Names
Contacts Phone and email]
La Dynamique des Organisations de la Société civile d’Afrique Francophone (OSCAF)
02 BP 1947 Cotonou (Bénin)
Tel : +229 21301089
Gsm : +22997891163/+229 95955478
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ou email@example.com
Marc ONA ESSANGUI
E-mail prof : firstname.lastname@example.org (Prof.)
Bureau : (+241) 07978425
Mobile : (+241) 07294140
Skype : marcona1661
Blanche SIMONNY ABEGUE
Présidente, Forum des Indignés du Gabon
Coordinatrice nationale, Dynamique OSCAF
Tél. : +241 06 49 08 39
Aliou Newton BARRY
Coordinateur du ReFID
+224 62 21 59 97/67
Mamadou Taran DIALLO
+224 628 55 5898
BP: 2729 Bamako (MALI)
Tél. B: (+223) 20 23 89 20
Fax : (+223) 20 23 89 21
E-mail : email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org (Prof.)
National du ROTAB
Représentant des OSC au CA de l'ITIE
Skype : ali.idrissa
Site Web : www.rotabniger.org
Ligne Direct bureau : 00227 20 35 21 02
Cel : + 227 90 50 70 32 /+ 227 94 95 59 93/ + 227 96 47 10 57
Conseiller du Coordonnateur National
Réseau des ONGs de Développement et Associations de Défense des droits de l’Homme et de la Démocratie (RODADDHD)
Cel : +227 96 97 25 43
REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO (RDC)
Jean Claude KATENDE
Maitre, Avocat au Barreau de LUBUMBASHI
Président National de l'ASADHO
Tél : + 243 811 729 908, + 243 9970 32 984
site web: www.asadho-rdc.net
( http://www.jonctions.org )
HLM Grand-Médine N° 512
BP : 4126
Dakar - Sénégal
Tel : +221 776454246
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
ESSO Elise Ama
Tél :+228 90 01 39 67
Email : email@example.com
P.M. : Pays francophones d’Afrique
Algérie, Bénin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Comores, Congo, Côte-d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinée, Guinée Équatoriale, Ile-Maurice, Madagascar, Mali, Maroc, Mauritanie, Niger, République démocratique du Congo, Togo, République centrafricaine, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sénégal, Tchad, Tunisie.
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African diaspora members in the US will be protesting against presence of dictators at that Summit