Congratulations to Demba Traore, the newly elected Secretary General of the NRPTT

11 Dec, 2011 | Press Releases

No Peace Without Justice congratulates his longstanding partner and friend Demba Traoré, lawyer and former Member of the Parliament in Mali, for his election as the new Secretary General of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) at the second session of its 39th Congress held in Rome on 8-11 December 2011.

Emphasis on the aim of “ensuring that democracy and law are means, which are accessible to the people in order to play a significant role in the political and social contexts of our time” was at the heart of the debate of the final stage of 39th Congress of the NRPTT. This aim was highlighted in various thematic sessions, where, in addition to taking stock of the situation of the ongoing campaigns, new priorities were discussed and proposed on issues related to the environment, energy and population boom; the fight against all prohibitions in order to affirm the right to make free and well informed choices, as well as to apply nonviolence in achieving lawfulness, transparency and legal certainty.

The Congress was also an opportunity for No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), which is a constituent association of the NRPTT, to present, together with political leaders and human rights activists involved, its current campaigns aimed at promoting accountability and redress for the victims of crimes under international law, supporting the adoption of a UNGA Resolution to ban FGM as a violation of universal human rights and physical integrity of women and girls, promoting and defending the fundamental rights and freedoms of LGBTI persons in Uganda, as well as reinforcing the role of human rights and democracy activists to foster political reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

Among the political leaders and human rights activists involved in NPWJ campaigns took part to the NRPTT Congress:  Nader Nadery (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission), Khalil Al Marzooq (Bahrain, Al Wefaq Party, resigned MP), Jasim Hussein (Bahrain, Ex Member of Parliament), Bourhan Daoud (Djibouti, Secretary General of the IGAD Parliamentary Union), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, Founder of Ibn Khaldoun Center), Nada Thabet (Egypt, Chairperson of Hope for Development and Rehabilitation for persons with disabilities), Ahmed Salah (Egypt, member of 6th April Movement), Morissanda Kouyate (Guinea, Executive Director of Inter African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC)), Hoda Chalak (Lebanon, President of the Organization for Civil Action), Rami Khouri (Lebanon, editor-at-large of “The Daily Star” newspaper), Ellen Khouri (Jordan, Human Rights Activist), Lamine Boubakar Traoré (Mali, Anthropologist, University Professor), Demba Traoré (Mali, former Member of Parliament, lawyer), Biram Abeid (Mauritania, President of “Initiative pour la Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste”, IRA), Khady Koita (Senegal, President of « La Palabre »), Malick Diop (Senegal, Member of Parliament), Abdul Rahim Kamara (Sierra Leone, Director of the organisation “Manifesto 99”), Allieu Ibrahim Kanu (Sierra Leone, Director of Sierra Leone Institute of International Law), John Francis Onyango (Uganda, legal counsel of Sexual Minorities Uganda, SMUG).

Nonviolent Radical Party, transnational and transparty

The NRPTT is a nonviolent political organisation following Gandhian principles, which since 1995 has been recognised as an NGO in General consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Representatives of oppressed peoples, opponents and dissidents of authoritarian and repressive regimes, politicians and experts from all over the world have taken the floor at the United Nations, to denounce the systematic violations of human rights and to push for answers from governments based on the reform of the international Rule of Law and from the institutions called upon for its application.

The Radical Party is not an electoral entity but an organisation open to membership for citizens of every nationality and political orientation or affiliation. Many legislators from all over the world will attend the second session of the 39th Congress in Rome, as well as hundreds of human rights activists.

Read the General Motion adopted at the 39th Congress of the NRPTT

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