6th Pan-Africanism Congress in Munich, Germany — Highlighting the African Continent and Her Diaspora  

Biram Dah Abeid

On September 9 and 10 the Cultural Center Gasteig in the city of Munich will host the sixth Pan-Africanism Congress in Germany. The event will take place in the context of the International Decade for People of African descent. Topics of global interest will be discussed by the groups concerned and a resolution will be issued.

This congress is organized by the Pan-Africanism Working Group AKPM, a German NGO located in Munich. On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Biram Dah Abeid, guest of honor and  laureate of the United Nations Human Rights Prize 2013 will revisit Munich. In 2012, Biram Dah Abeid was convicted and sentenced to death for burning the “Abrégé de Khalil” (a non-sacred interpretation of Islam) in his home country, Mauritania. In 2015, he was arrested again because of his international activism against modern day slavery. International protests, including from Munich, helped him to regain his freedom.

The German-U.S.A. Sociologist Vanessa E. Thompson will address the global problem of institutional racism through police violence.

Esther Stanford-Xosei, Jurisconsult

Esther Stanford-Xosei, Jurisconsult, is going to raise the question of Reparation Claims based on millionfold homicide and enslavement of people of African descent and the disastrous economic repercussions for Africa and its diaspora because of the centuries long transatlantic human trafficking.

 

 

 

Hakim Adi, Historian

On  September 10th, Historian Hakim Adi, one of the few Black professors in Great Britain, will deal with Eurocentric historiography and major efforts to rehabilitate African history and make it become more visible within Academia.

 

 

 

Modupe Laja

“We want to make the congress accessible to a broad audience in order to raise awareness of global issues that particularly affect us as Black people. We are especially concerned with the issue of how to tackle increasing racism together effectively in order to create a socially-just climate for all,” says Modupe Laja, spokeswoman and member of the organizing team of the Pan-Africanism Congress. “The situation has grown particularly tense for Black people in the past years. Increasing hostility towards African refugees has exposed Black people in general to everyday racism even more.”

Earlier this year, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was very outspoken about the situation of Black people in Germany. According to their report Black people are still being discriminated against in many ways. Whereas a National Action Plan to combat racism has already been established in many European countries, the German Federal Government has only recently adopted one, some long overdue according to human rights activists..

The United Nations has declared the years from 2015 to 2024, the International Decade for People of African descent. Thus people of African descent are recognized as one of the most vulnerable groups exposed to discrimination worldwide. Racism towards Black people is a global phenomenon due to the violent history of European colonialism. However, not only in Europe but worldwide, phenotypical features related to African ancestry are often the cause for exclusion on all social levels.

In general, there is no awareness that Europe itself is also responsible for the cause of migration and flight from other parts of the world. The price of prosperity in the western world is paid by people from countries exploited by oppressive  systems for the sake of their resources. This is causing economic hardship and political crises. Many African fugitives migrate via the Libya route and the Mediterranean sea. Thousands are daily dying through the hands of traffickers or drowning.

The sixth Pan-Africanism Congress underlines the important contribution of people of African descent. In terms of the International Decade it intends to support remembrance work to preserve the historical memory of Black people. However, the Pan-Africanism Working Group AKPM also celebrates its tenth anniversary and above all its long-term work in the field of human rights.

 

 

 

The venue is at Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse, Munich •  Admission Is Free

Saturday, 10:00 am to 1:00 am (live music with Osumare Beats from 9:00 pm)
Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, 10:30 am – Film Showing “Fuck White Tears”, Director Annelie Boros

Contact:
Pan-Africanism Working Group of Munich AKPM
Augsburger Str
80337 Munich, Germany
Tel: +49 89 – 416159959
Fax:+4 89 – 76 22 36
sekretariat@panafrikanismusforum.net
www.panafrikanismusforum.net

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Spokeswoman and member of the organization team of the Pan-Africanism Congress.

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  1. R.Leo Brown
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    This is a good read. It’s inspiring and let’s us know that progress is being made globally for Africa and her diaspora, despite how things may appear on the surface. A lot of work still has to be done though to ensure our cultural heritage and contributions continue to survive in this ‘New World’. As a melanated group of people we have come along way… our history (although tampered with by the influences of other ignorant cultures – that know not what they do) demonstrates and is proof of what we are capable of accomplishing in the face of adversity and ignorance.

    Let the next step be taken on the journey into the future …come what may…Peace.

    R.Leo Brown
    Eclectic Designs
    Brooklyn NY

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