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From 6 – 7 July 2016, the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) hosted its 3rd General Assembly at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The event was attended by approximately 110 people, which included a larger number of ACCA members, as well as a small number of external participants and students. The ACCA Steering Committee also used the opportunity to have two separate meetings, during which internal matters related to the ACCA were discussed.

The General Assembly brought together participants from all across the continent, representing civil society, legal practitioners, academia, community based organisations, as well as a number of national human rights institutions. Commissioner Solomon Dersso from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, also the Chairman of the African Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights, gave the opening remarks to the ACCA General Assembly.

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The ACCA General Assembly also saw participants deliberate on substantive issues that included FPIC, access to remedy, the proposed treaty on business and human rights, development finance, and video advocacy. The discussions were fruitful, and bears testimony to the wealth of resources within the ACCA. A brief capacity building session on video advocacy was delivered to the participants by Witness, an international NGO focusing on the use of video and other media in advocacy efforts.

During the ACCA General Assembly, members voted on and adopted the two work streams on FPIC and Access to Remedy, which will be led and driven by the ACCA Secretariat in close collaboration with the Working Groups. The next General Assembly is scheduled to take place in May 2017, with the location to be announced.

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