Association of Western European Parliamentarians Against Apartheid

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Alternate Names: Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa
Duration: 1984 - present
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


After conferences in Brussels and The Hague on sanctions against South Africa, a group of Western parliamentarians decided that coordinated action at a parliamentary level against Apartheid and Apartheid regimes in Africa, was an absolute necessity. In 1984, at a conference in Copenhagen, AWEPAA was founded. Peter Sluiter was AWEPAA's first Secretary-General. AWEPPA mobilized politicians in democratically elected European parliaments in support of the struggle against apartheid. Starting with less than 20 members, eventually some 1,000 parliamentarians were involved. As part of its work on South Africa, AWEPAA undertook many fact-finding missions and regularly liaised with the leaders of the UN-recognized liberation movements mainly the African National Congress (ANC) and at the same time closely cooperated with the South African churches, trade unions and human rights organizations. Several leading personalities, like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, were invited to European capitals to address parliamentarians and others. Parliamentarians ensured effective sanctions policies by passing laws, they monitored the implementation of these laws and they sought to hold governments accountable for their policies. AWEPAA also support the struggle for independence of Namibia, liaised with the South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO) and supporting sanctions in regard to the South African occupation. AWEPAA supported the Frontline States against destabilization by South Africa, supporting efforts to help countries resist South African invasions. AWEPAA held seminars on a yearly basis in one of the Frontline States. After 1993 the name was changed to Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA).

Related Archive
Title: Association of Western European Parliamentarians Against Apartheid (AWEPAA)
Time Span: 1985 - 1994
Media: 4 Box files
Description: This archive includes reports on Namibia; publications relating to South African destabilization in neighboring countries, including Angola and Mozambique; media issues relating to South Africa, including censorship; publications relating to children under apartheid; and AWEPAA News Bulletins.
Housed At: University of the Western Cape-Robben Island Mayibuye Archive
Location: UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives, Level 1, UWC Main Library, Modderdam Road, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
Restrictions: Available to researchers and the general public by appointment only. Those wishing to consult the collections must complete an application form before access will be granted, including details of their research topic.
Phone: 27 (0) 21 959 2939/2954
Reference Email: mayib@uwc.ac.za
Related Website: http://www.robben-island.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=60

Organizational Archive


Title: Association of West European Parliamentarians Against Apartheid
Time Span: 1981 – 1995
Media: approximately 10 meters
Description: The official archives of the Association of West-European Parliamentarians Against Apartheid (AWEPAA). The archives are being processed and a finding aid is expected to be available by the end of 2014 and will be available at the link below.
Housed At: International Institute of Social History
Location: Address for visitors: Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam Correspondence address: P.O. Box 2169, 1000 CD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: +31-20-6685866
Reference Email: info@iisg.nl
Related Website: http://www.iisg.nl/