It is with immense sadness that the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) learnt of the passing on of our beloved Abdoul Gadiry Diallo on 27th October, 2020 – friend, colleague and activist to so many of us over years. It behoves on ACDHRS, as Secretariat of the Forum of African Human Rights NGOs, therefore, to share this unhappy news, with much regret, and to extend and express our deepest collective sympathy to all who knew, worked with and loved him.
Gadiry, Guinean (Conakry), as he was fondly called, has been a long-standing and leading figure in the African human rights spaces, especially at the Forum on the Participation of NGOs (NGOs Forum) in the Ordinary Sessions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), one of the few human rights advocacy and networking platforms in Africa.
Mr. Diallo was the Coordinator of the West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN) and Steering Committee Member of the NGOs Forum inaugurated in 2007 and led WAHRDN to participate and present the situation of democracy and human rights in the sub-region at the bi-annual NGOs Forum.
While we are deeply sorrowful, we celebrate his rich life – his unflinching courage; his love for the work he did and his fierce loyalty to stand up, promote, protect and defend human rights.
On behalf of the Governing CouncilACDRSACDChairman, Management and Staff of the ACDHRS; the NGOs Forum Steering Committee Members, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues friends and loved ones
We pray that God grants his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones the strength and fortitude to bear such an irreparable loss.
May his gentle soul in perfect peace!!.