The West Africa Civic Space Resource Hub (CSR-Hub) expresses deep concerns and condemns the current military coup in Niger, which has led to the overthrown of President Mohamed Bazoum’s government – a democratically elected government. We are greatly disturbed that this action could be contemplated at a time when democracy has proved to be the best form of inclusive and participatory form of governance in the world.
This autocratic and unconstitutional disruption of democratic governance is a regressive path to social instability, conflict, and economic underdevelopment for the people of Niger and the region. Hence, our disapproval of another unconstitutional change of government in West Africa.
The CSR-Hub therefore calls on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), and the international community to swiftly condemn the coup in Niger and initiate deliberate measures in restoring Niger on the path to democratic status. We further implore that appropriate processes are instituted to ensure that the rights of Niger citizens are protected, especially that of women, children, and other vulnerable groups. We also include the rights of media and civil society.
We stand in solidarity with the Nigerien civil society to the ideals of constitutional democracy and a swift return to democratic government.
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CSR-Hub is West Africa’s regional platform for civil society organisations (CSOs) focusing on building the capacity of CSOs and repositioning the third sector to effectively respond to emerging and longstanding challenges to civic space and democratic governance in the region, and to deliver on their mandates and development objectives effectively.
Friday, 27 July 2023
Contact: West Africa Civic Space Resource Hub