Re-engaging with the Commonwealth? Gambia, and Zimbabwe

Re-engaging with the Commonwealth? Gambia, and Zimbabwe
16 April 2018, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Event Description:

A panel discussion on Re-engagement with the Commonwealth, in view of Gambia's formal resumption of membership, and the sharply differing case of Zimbabwe's possible re-engagement.  Speakers will address the importance of individual national circumstances, diplomacy and processes of re-joining the Commonwealth as a declared values based association. Discussion will also highlight ongoing issues around human rights, including the current media landscape in both countries.

Chair: David White, Head, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, London


Zeinab Badawi, Chair, Royal Africa Society, broadcaster, and commissioner, CHRI report Gambia's suitability for Gambia's re-entry to the Commonwealth

Alieu Ceesay, Coordinator, Campaign for Human Rights in The Gambia UK 


Sue Onslow, Deputy Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies (co-author, with Martin Plaut: Robert Mugabe (Ohio University Press, 2018)

Knox Chitiyo, Associate Fellow, The Africa Programme, Chatham House; and President, the British/Zimbabwe Society.

Discussant: Professor Winston Mano, Head, Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster


Olga Jimenez