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African Court Coalition Advocacy Seminar held in Lusaka, Zambia, 20-21 November 2014

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Court Coalition) together with its Southern Africa Focal Point, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum in collaboration with Women and Laws in Southern Africa (WLSA) successfully carried out an advocacy seminar on the ratification of the Protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Protocol) and deposit of the Declaration under article 34(6) of the same Protocol on 20-21 November 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia.

 

This advocacy seminar came after the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Court) sensitization mission in Zambia last month within the Court’s program to sensitize countries that are still lagging behind in the process of ratification of the Protocol and deposit of the Article 34(6) Declaration.

The main objective of the advocacy seminar was to increase awareness of the African Court's work as well as the work of the African Court Coalition and uphold the protection and promotion of human rights in Zambia.

Participants to the advocacy seminar included 35 persons from different fields such as civil society organizations, members from Zambia Bar association, a Supreme Court judge, a magistrate, representatives from the Zambian Parliament, a representative from Human Rights Commission, representatives from the Ministry of Justice, religious leaders, university students, university professors and media personnels.

All topics were successfully covered and all planned activities were implemented. The topics included;
• General introduction on the African human rights systems and Advisory opinion mandate of the African Court which were covered by Mr. Lloyd Kuveya (ICJ, South Africa)
• African Court and its work; Creation, composition and establishment of the Court, functioning of the Registry office and admissibility requirements of cases which were covered by the former Judge and Vice President of the African Court, Justice Bernard Ngoepe
• Complementarity relationship between the Court and the Commission which was covered by the former Commissioner, Justice Mumba Malila (Judge of the Supreme Court of Zambia)
• Panel discussions and experience sharing on advocacy by Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (African Court Coalition), Mr. Tafadzwa Christmas (Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum), & Ms. Matrine Chuulu (Women and Law in Southern Africa)

Participants further came up with advocacy strategies to foster ratification and deposit of the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the African Court Protocol by Zambia.

As a follow up mechanism, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA-Zambia) was recommended as the country focal point in following up the developments and formulating more strategies on the ratification and declaration of the African Court Protocol by Zambia.

The African Court Coalition was also able to recruit 6 new members in Zambia, who will benefit from getting the feeds of engagements of the Court and all other human rights related feeds from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Union as well as to participate and be informed on the activities of the African Court Coalition.

We are grateful to the Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for the financial support of this advocacy seminar.


African Court Coalition Advocacy Seminar held in Lusaka, Zambia, 20-21 November 2014

 
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