TRAINING SEMINAR ON THE AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM: THE AFRICAN COMMISSION AND THE AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES' RIGHTS, AND OTHER SPECIAL MECHANISMS IN LUBUMBASHI, DRC.

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The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Court Coalition) is a network of non-governmental organisations and independent national human rights institutions which was formed during the first conference for the promotion of the protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Niamey, Niger in May 2003.

The key purpose for its establishment is to have an effective and independent African Court in order to provide redress to victims of human rights violations and strengthen the human rights protection system in Africa.

The Coalition was formally registered as an NGO in Tanzania in September 2007. Its main office is in Arusha, where the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is also based. 

The Coalition has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

 

PostHeaderIcon ADVOCACY SEMINAR ON THE RATIFICATION OF THE AFRICAN COURT PROTOCOL AND DEPOSIT OF THE DECLARATION UNDER ARTICLE 34(6) OF THE AFRICAN COURT PROTOCOL HELD IN BENIN AND TOGO FROM 15TH TO 21ST MAY 2014

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court Coalition) and its Western Africa Focal Points, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project in collaboration with two organizations, the Benin Coalition for International Criminal Court in Benin and Western Africa Human Rights Defenders Network in Togo carried out advocacy seminars in Benin from 15th to 16th May and in Togo from 20th to 21st May 2014.

The advocacy seminars were in line with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) sensitization missions in Benin and Togo within its program to sensitize the countries which are still lagging behind in the process of ratification and deposit of the declaration under Article 34(6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Protocol).

All activities and objectives in both Benin and Togo planned prior the seminar were implemented and achieved, this included; general introduction of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, capacity building on the Court’s Rules of Procedure presented by judges of the Court, Hon. Sylvain Ore and Hon. Kimelabalou Aba in Benin and Honorable Kimelabalou Aba in Togo.

Further implemented activities included the advocacy strategies to foster ratification or deposit of the said declaration and setting up of advocacy follow up mechanisms and country focal point were all presented by the African Court Coalition and collaborating partners in respective countries.

The advocacy seminars were successful that it increased awareness of the Court’s work in Benin and Togo which will increase voices to advance human rights and build capacity of NGOs and individuals to use the Court.

Along that success, the African Court Coalition and its partners were able to discovered that Benin had already began the processes of ratifying and depositing of the advocated Article of the Protocol, since 1999 with a decret of Benin Parliament (1999) and a law (2000) : (DECRET No 99-244 DU 14 MAI 1999, Portant transmission á l’ Assemblée nationale pour autorisation de ratification, du Protocole relatif á la Charte africaine des droits de l’homme et des peoples portant creation d’une cour africaine des droits de l’homme et des peoples; L O I No 2000 – 10 DU 4 JUILLET 2000, Portant autorisation de ratification du Protocole relative á la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples portant creation d’une Cour Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples).

Advocacy strategies to foster ratification or deposit of the declaration and setting up of advocacy follow up mechanisms and formulation of focal points were also achieved that; in Benin two NGOs were formed by the participants to be the focal points these are; Changement Social Bénin (CSB) and FORAID.

Participants adopted as strategy to engage with the Office of the President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the two institutions were identified as key actors on the ratification and the deposit of the Declaration process. In Togo, participants choose Western African Human Rights Defenders Network and Institut des Medias pour les Droits de l’Homme to be the focal points for advocacy follow up, also they identified key advocacy strategies including taking into account the work done so far by other organizations regarding the advocacy follow up on the deposit of the Declaration by Togo and identifying key actors to be reached in order for Togo to deposit the Declaration.

In its aim of being the extension of the Court’s hand in reaching more people and increasing voices, the African Court Coalition and its collaborating partners in respective countries were able to recruit new African Court Coalition members numerically Benin 13 and Togo 19 who being part of the African Court Coalition will benefit from getting the feeds of engagements of the Court and all other human right related feeds from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Union, and to participate as well as be informed in activities of the African Court Coalition.

The advocacy seminars where financially supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).


From Left Mrs. Adaobi N. Egboka Western African Focal Point from Legal Defence and Assistance Project, Mr. Dieu - Donné Wedi Djamba the Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition, Hon. Judge Sylvain Ore and Hon Judge Kimelabalou Aba (judges from the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights during the seminar. — in Cotonou, Benin.


Group photo of participants of the Advocacy Seminar of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights Protocol on the Ratification and Deposit of the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the Court Protocol — in Lome, Togo


The Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition Mr. Dieu - Donné Wedi Djamba being interviewed on Canal 3 TV Benin (explaining about the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and the African Court Coalition) during the Advocacy Seminar in Cotonou, Benin.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Angola advocacy mission prior to and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

From 25th April to 1st May 2014, prior and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Commission), in Luanda, Angola, the Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition) together with Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the African Court Coalition Southern Africa Focal Point) and Association de Droits de l’Homme et l’Univers Carcéral (the African Court Coalition Central Africa Focal Point) carried an advocacy mission with the objectives to impress on the importance of the ratification of the Protocol creating the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the same Protocol; give an update on the Court work as well as the African Court Coalition work.

The African Court Coalition was represented by Mr Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, its Executive Secretary, the Coalition Central Africa Focal Point was represented by Mr. Moke Lwamba and Southern Africa Focal Point was represented by Mrs. Susan Mutambasere.

The Team was also able to disseminate the African Court Coalition publications which aid to expose valuable knowledge about the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) and the relationship between the Court and the Commission giving people comprehensive and clear functions of the Court, composition and rules of procedural requirements of submitting cases to the African Court and other various aspects of the Court.

The Team met one to one state representatives, from Angola, Senegal, Kingdom of Swaziland, South African and The Gambia where emphasis and elaboration of the aim of the mission on the importance of the ratification of the Protocol creating the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the same Protocol as said above was discussed.

The mission was successful that, the representatives were able to recruit 13 new members to join the African Court Coalition.

In addition, prior the Commission session, the African Court Coalition was able to attend the NGO Forum and Book Fair which enable the mission representatives to meet and network with other human rights institution and engaged in Civil Societies organization activities.

 


From the left: Mr. Moke Loamba (African Court Coalition Central Africa representative), Mrs. Susan Mutambasere (African Court Coalition Southern Focal Point Representative) and Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (the Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition) during the Advocacy Mission in Luanda, Angola, from 25th April to 1st May 2014 prior and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 


The Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition, Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, making a speech during the Advocacy Mission in Luanda Angola, from 25th April to 1st May 2014 prior and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission on the margins of the 22nd AU Summit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 16 to 25 January 2014

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Coalition) carried a successful advocacy mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 16 to 25 January 2014 prior and during the 22nd African Union (AU) Summit.

The main objective of the Mission was to impress on African Union state members the importance of ratification and declaration under Article 34 (6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Protocol) in terms of access to justice and making the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court) more effective.

During the mission, the Coalition met with state representatives and encouraged member states which have ratified the Protocol to deposit the required Declaration under Article 34 (6) and those which have not ratified to do so. The Coalition was able to meet with different embassies and representatives of the African Union in Addis Ababa including:
• Representative of the Department of Political Affairs: Human Rights Division
• Representative of Governance and Human Rights and Operation Division Program: Delegation of the European Union to the African Union.

The embassies included: The Embassy of Sierra Leone, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia, The Embassy of Kenya, The Embassy of Uganda, The Embassy of Nigeria, The Embassy of the Republic of Angola, The Embassy of the Republic of Congo, The Embassy of Mauritius, The Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland, The Embassy of Botswana, Embassy of the Republic of Benin, Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The Coalition also used this mission as an opportunity to popularize its work and build a wider network with other human rights stake holders as well as give updates on developments at the African Court.

In realization of access to justice for all through the African Court as well as its effectiveness, the Coalition will continue to carry out advocacy missions for ratification and declaration of the Protocol establishing this important African Human Rights Institution.

 


Left to right: Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Congo to the African Union and the African Court Coalition Executive Secretary

 


Left to right: A Representative of the Kenyan Embassy to the African Union and the African Court Coalition Executive Secretary

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Stakeholders Roundtable Discussion

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court Coalition) and its Southern Africa Focal Point, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum organized a successful Roundtable Discussion themed “Reflecting on Collaboration between the African Court and Sub-regional Courts in line with the Extension of the African Court Jurisdiction to Criminal Matters” on 7 December 2013 at Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania.

The Discussions focused on the avenues of collaboration between the African Court having criminal jurisdiction in order to fight impunity of international crimes in Africa and also on the complementarity of the African Court and Sub-regional Courts with the work of the International Criminal Court (the ICC) if these courts (African Court and sub-regional Courts) will end up having international criminal justice jurisdiction.

The Roundtable Discussion gathered human rights and legal experts including the President of the African Court and other Judges of the same Court, a Judge from the East African Court of Justice, Registrar of SADC Tribunal as well as other practitioner lawyers and scholars.

Presentations made during the Roundtable Discussion were as follow with the respective names of presenters -

  • New Developments at the African Court - Hon. Lady Justice Sophia A.B Akuffo, President of the African Court on Human & Peoples’ Rights;
  • New Developments at the East African Court of Justice - Hon. Justice James Ogoola, Justice of Appeal: East African Court of Justice;
  • New Developments at the SADC Tribunal - Hon. Justice Charles Mkandawire, Registrar: SADC Tribunal;
  • Perspective on collaboration between East Africa Court of Justice and the African Court in fighting international crimes in Eastern Africa Region - Mr. Edigah Kavulavu, ICJ Kenya;
  • Perspective on collaboration between ECOWAS Court and the African Court in fighting international crimes in Western Africa Region -  Mrs. Osai Ojigho-Alliances for Africa, Nigeria;
  • Perspective on collaboration between SADC Tribunal and the African Court in fighting international crimes in Southern Africa Region - Mrs. Maureen Kondowe, SADC Lawyers Association;
  • Perspective for the establishment of international criminal jurisdictions at both African Court and sub-regional courts and their complementarity to the ICC’s work - Dr. Chacha Bhoke Murungu, University of Dodoma, Tanzania.

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African Court Coalition and Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum Roundtable Discussion, 7 December 2013, Arusha, Tanzania.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission during the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission, Banjul, The Gambia, October 2013

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition) carried a successful advocacy mission in Banjul, the Gambia from 18 to 29 October 2013 in line with the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission).

The main objective of the mission was to impress on the importance of ratification and declaration under Article 34 (6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Protocol) in terms of access to justice and making the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) effective.

To encourage African Union member states which have ratified the African Court Protocol to make the Article 34 (6) Declaration of the Protocol as well as encouraging more states to ratify the same Protocol. The African Court Coalition met one-on-one with state representatives during the Commission Session including state representatives from Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria and Zambia.

The African Court Coalition had an opportunity to give its statement before the African Commission whereby it encouraged AU member states which have not yet ratified the Protocol and/or deposit the Article 34(6) Declaration to do so.

The African Court Coalition participated in the NGOs Forum and the 28th African Human Rights Book Fair preceding the Commission Session. This was also an opportunity to network with other Human Rights stakeholders in order to deepen the African Court Coalition’s visibility and 9 new members were recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition community.

 


The Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition making a statement

 


The Executive Secretary of the Coalition (right) and the Nigerian representative at the African Commission Session

 

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