The African Union: a guide for human rights defenders in the digital age

28 Aug 2018

By Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) have created this guide as an advocacy tool to support civil society organisations currently engaged in (or considering) policy advocacy within the African Union (AU) system on the human rights aspects of any ICT or digital policy issue.

Mr. Edetaen Ojo, MRA’s Executive Director and Ms Grace Githaiga, Co-Convenor of KICTANet, said: “Whether you have experience of engaging with the AU but are lacking ideas on how to use the AU to advocate for human rights in the digital age, or an experienced digital rights defender unfamiliar with the AU, this guide is for you.”

The guide presents an overview of all relevant organs, departments, and agencies within the African Union, outlines how they operate, and provides guidance on the opportunities that exist for civil society to engage, as well as strategies and tips on effective advocacy.