2005 – Afro-descendant leaders attend a workshop organized by the UN, and supported by AFRE, in Chincha, Peru.
AFRE representatives: Back row: Jabari Akil, Raushana Karriem, Ajani Mukarram, Kamal Shabazz, Kamal Arshad, Ishmael Abdul-Salaam. Middle row: Harriett AbuBakr Muhammad, Mr. Silis Muhammad, Ida Hakim. Front row: Husamideen Fedayeen, Ikhlas Fedayeen.
Afro-descendant leaders and UN officials at the Peru workshop
Gay McDougall, Special Representative for Minorities, with Ishmael Abdul-Salaam and Jabari Akil
Edna Marie Santos Roland of Brazil with an Afro-descendant leader
Gisele Arandia of Cuba
Romero Rodriguez of Uruguay
Ishmael Abdul-Salaam and Ajani Mukarram with Sydney Francis of Nicaragua
Queen Mother Dorothy Benton Lewis, member of the AFRE delegation, stands in a room within a tunnel that imprisoned captured Africans underneath Hacienda San Jose.
Jabari Akil and Ajani Mukarram in the courtyard outside of the conference room
Group of conference attendees stand in prayer and commemoration after viewing the horrors of Hacienda San Jose. Harriett AbuBakr Muhammad looks on as Gisele Arandia speaks.
2001 to 2005 – Mr. and Mrs. Muhammad and AFRE delegates attended meetings of the Working Group on Minorities, Sub-Commission and Commission on Human Rights as well as meetings of the Working Group on People of African Descent.
Mr. Jose Bengoa, Member (and former Chairman) of the Working Group on Minorities, Sub-Commissioner and Chairman of both the Afro-descendant seminar in LaCeiba, Honduras and the workshop in Chincha, Peru
Atty. Harriett AbuBakr Muhammad and Mr. Silis Muhammad during a session of the Working Group on Minorities
AFRE attends the Working Group on People of African Descent: Maia Hadi, Ida Hakim, Atty. Harriett AbuBakr Muhammad, Mr. Silis Muhammad, Chief Elder Osiris Akkebala, and Sachu Akkebala
UN representatives including Gay McDougall at a Working Group on Minorities session
Ishmael Abdul-Salaam and Mr. Silis Muhammad in front of the Palais des Nationes in Geneva
Mr. Silis Muhammad at the UN
Atty. Harriett AbuBakr Muhammad, Ishmael Abdul-Salaam and Ida Hakim at the Working Group on Minorities
2001 and 2002 – AFRE attended a seminar for Afro-descendants in LaCeiba, Honduras, organized by the UNHCHR and Working Group on Minorities. In 2001 Mr. Muhammad led a group of AFRE delegates to the World Conference Against Racism.
Celio Alvarez, Garifuna leader and host, stands with the representative from Panama
Gustavo Makanaky of Colombia meets with another representative in the courtyard.
Mr. Silis Muhammad enjoying a conversation in the courtyard
Afro-descendant leader from Peru relaxes with friends
Mr. Jose Bengoa during a field trip to the Garifuna village
Mr. Silis Muhammad speaks before the plenary of the World Conference Against Racism
View of the conference during the speech
Mr. Muhammad at the WCAR conference center
1998 to 2000 – Mr. Silis Muhammad delivers his first oral intervention in 1998 before the Working Group on Minorities. He goes on to speak before the Sub-Commission and the Commission on Human Rights.
Conference photographer takes a picture of Mr. Silis Muhammad speaking before the Commission on Human Rights in 2000.
Mr. Asbjorn Eide, Chairman of the Working Group on Minorities for ten years, assisted by Fiona Blyth-Kubota
Mr. Silis Muhammad, Atty. Harriett AbuBakr Muhammad and Ida Hakim at the Working Group on Minorities in 1998
Mr. Silis Muhammad’s first spoken intervention at the UN in 1998
Mr. Muhammad, with Mr. Mustapha Mehedi, Member of the Working Group on Minorities, and an interpreter
Mr. Mustapha Mehedi
Ms. Atsuko Tanaka of IMADAR helped AFRE delegates become familiar with the ins and outs of intervening at the UN.