On November 25-26, 2013, Maina Kiai participated in a conference of civil society leaders in Blantyre, Malawi, organized by ACT Alliance.
The consultation focused on space for civil society, and was convened to explore ways that civil society groups in the region can ensure their ability to operate in a so-called “enabling environment.” Such an environment includes a functioning democratic judicial system, vibrant freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and the ability to secure funding and participate in public affairs.
Three delegates at the conference produced a video summarizing the event, in which human rights defenders, activists, civil society leaders and representatives from non-governmental organizations discuss the challenges they face in countries across southern Africa and beyond. It features interviews covering a range of countries and contexts, and includes an interview with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai.
For more on the conference, see our press release.