African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission in Nairobi, November 2015
The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition/the Coalition) together with ICJ-Kenya and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) carried a successful advocacy mission in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 to 13 November 2015.
The main objective of the advocacy mission was to impress on the importance of deposit of the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the Protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (the African Court Protocol) by the government of Kenya so as to allow direct access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights(African Court) for Individuals and NGOs with observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights( African Commission) .
The mission also increased awareness about the work of the African Court as well as the work of the African Court Coalition. One member was recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition in line with the African Court Coalition ‘Bring Two’ Campaign.
A meeting with Civil Society Organisations was held on 11 November 2015 at PrideInn Hotel where discussions were carried out on why Kenya is yet to deposit the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the African Court Protocol and advocacy strategies were adopted to help influence and speed up the process of deposit of the Declaration by the government of Kenya. ICJ-Kenya and KHRC will continue to work with the Coalition to follow up on the implementation of the advocacy strategies adopted.
The Coalition and ICJ-Kenya also had an opportunity to meet with the Attorney General of Kenya, Prof. Githu Muigai where they discussed on Kenya’s position with regard to deposit of Article 34(6) Declaration as required under the African Court Protocol.
The African Court Coalition is grateful to Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for the financial support of this advocacy mission.
African Court Coalition sensitization mission in Banjul, November 2015
African Court Coalition sensitization mission in Banjul, The Gambia-31 October to 9 November 2015
The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition/the Coalition) carried a successful sensitization mission in Banjul, the Gambia from 31 October to 9 November 2015 in line with the 57th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission).
During the mission, the Coalition met one-on-one with state representatives during the Commission session and impressed on the importance of Ratification and Declaration of the African Court Protocol in order to allow direct access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights for Individuals and NGOs with observer status before the Commission. Representatives from the following states were met; South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritania, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Prior to the African Commission session, the African Court Coalition had an opportunity to attend the NGOs Forum and engage with Civil Society Organization activities on the margin and network with other Human Rights stakeholders.
The Coalition also organized a side event on the evening of 4 November at Kairaba Beach Hotel for Coalition and non-Coalition members where they debated on accountability for human rights abuses in the continent through complementarity of the African Court Protocol, the Malabo Protocol and the Rome Statute. Speakers to the side event were Prof. Frans Viljoen of the Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria University, Mr. Lloyd Kuveya of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum and Mr. Dieu-Donne Wedi Djamba of the African Court Coalition. The session was chaired by Miss Sheila Nabachwa of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI).
7 New members were recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition in line with the African Court Coalition ‘Bring Two’ Campaign.
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