ICRtoP participates in Eastern Africa Civil Society Forum (EACSOF), RtoP included in final communiqueThe Eastern Africa Civil Society Forum (EACSOF) held its third Annual civil society forum in Arusha in on 20-21 March 2009. The meeting themed “Strengthening Civil Society in the EAC: Sharing Experiences with other RECs” was called to support efforts of strengthening the participation of civil society in the regional integration process to ensure that needs and aspirations of people and strategic interests of the East African region are taken into account. Over 90 organizations from all the five Partner States attended and included in the agenda was a panel on the Responsibility to Protect. A communiqué was issued at the end of the conference referring to RtoP,
Noting the clear necessity to integrate the Responsibility to Protect norm (RtoP) characterized by the requirement to protect the region against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity within the EAC; (...)
[Urging] governments to promote adherence to the RtoP norm and for the EAC Partner States and the continent to accept their responsibility to protect their populations against genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and war crimes and to recognize the role of civil society in the implementation of these principles; (...)
[Undertaking] to fully support the East African chapter of the International Coalition of the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and the peace and security architectures within the African Union in general and the EAC in particular;
See the final report of the Forum "Strengthening Civil Society in the EAC: Sharing Experiences with other RECs" : Final EACSOF Report.pdf
Steering Committee Members from the International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) from the East Africa Law Society and the International Refugees Rights Initiative as well as Sapna Chhatpar from the ICRtoP Secretariat attended the forum and held a press briefing in advance of the upcoming General Assembly debate on the Secretary-General’s report on Implementing the Responsibility to Protect. The first press briefing was held in Arusha, Tanzania, on 19 March 2009, and the second in Accra, Ghana, on 25 March 2009 and the third in Mali on 15 April 2009.