African Regional Network
The African Sites of Conscience Network strengthens programs at sites in countries emerging from recent conflict as well as sites remembering histories of colonialism and slavery. Members from East, Central, Southern, and West Africa collectively work towards resilient, democratic, accountable, inclusive and united societies, that own, learn from, and are inspired by the past to promote dialogue and social cohesion. As a Network, they advocate for equal access to education, human rights, and justice with the goal to achieve harmony, human dignity, and peace. Other specific goals include:
- Preserve the memory of periods of conflict, violence and human rights violations and explore their consequences on today’s society;
- Use memory and memorialization to contribute to democracy-building, peacebuilding and reconciliation processes;
- Work with the public to ensure respect for human rights and prevent gross human rights violations for future generations.
Regional Projects and Resources
In the Fall of 2021, six Sites of Conscience in Africa designed video engagement projects that capture and share the narratives of indigenous, racial, and ethnic minorities in their communities.
As Gambia embarks on a process of dealing with the dictatorship’s legacy, the Coalition’s GIJTR is helping to address a need for a more sustained approach to ensure that victims’ voices are at the forefront of the transitional justice process.
Through its GIJTR, the Coalition’s programming in Guinea builds the capacity of CSOs and survivors to engage in issues of truth, justice and reconciliation in an informed and sustained manner.
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is pleased to be overseeing a major rehabilitation of Maison des Esclaves in Senegal – a historic site of tremendous value to the study of the transatlantic slave trade and a founding member of the Coalition.