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General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest policy-making body which meets every three years to elect the Executive Committee and Focal Points.


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprising of nine members, provides guidance on policy and strategic advocacy to the Secretariat and oversight on activities.

The current Executive Committee consists of the following member organisations: -

  • International Commission of Jurists - Kenya Section (Chairperson)
  • Rencontre Africaine pour la Defénse des Droits de l’Homme (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Alliances for Africa
  • Centre des Droits de l’Homme et du Développement
  • East Africa Law Society
  • Southern Africa Litigation Centre
  • Sudan Human Rights Monitor
  • Tanganyika Law Society
  • Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights


Focal Points

There are five geographical Focal Points of Africa, namely East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, North Africa and two thematic focal points, namely National Human Rights Institutions and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Focal points, in addition to attending events at AU level, will also attend summits and pre-summit civil society activities of the Regional Economic Communities in order to raise awareness on the African Court, to recruit members from the subregion and raise key issues relating to the protection of human and peoples' rights.

The current Focal Points are as follows: -

  • Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession, Cairo, Egypt (North Africa)
  • Associação Justiça, Paz e Democracia, Luanda, Angola (Portuguese-speaking countries)
  • Association de Droits de l’Homme et l’Univers Carcéral, Brazzaville, Congo (Central Africa)
  • Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Kampala, Uganda (East Africa)
  • Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, Banjul, the Gambia (National human rights institutions)
  • Legal Defence and Assistance Project, Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa)
  • Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Harare, Zimbabwe (Southern Africa).



Finance and Administration Sub-Committee:

  • East Africa Law Society
  • Tanganyika Law Society

Membership Sub-Committee:

  • Alliances for Africa
  • Centre de Droits de l’Homme et du Devéloppement

Legal Affairs Sub-Committee:

  • Egyptian Intiative for Personal Rights
  • Southern Africa Litigation Centre



The Secretariat which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Coalition.

The Focal Points and the Secretariat constitute the implementing arm of the Coalition.

The Secretariat has admitted interns to assist with various tasks and compiling the newsletter. This is an important programme in ensuring that the Coalition maintains a “lean” and effective office and also to expose young people to the work of Coalition and the African Court.


Constitution and Strategic Plan

The Coalition's Constitution was adopted and the organisation was formally registered as an NGO in Tanzania in September 2007.

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PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Executive Committee Members


George Kegoro
Executive Director of ICJ Kenya
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The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)
Coalition Chair

Established in 1959, The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) is a non-governmental, non-partisan, not for profit making, membership organisation registered in Kenya. With a membership drawn from the Bar as well as the Bench, it is a National Section of the International Commission of Jurists whose headquarter is in Geneva. It is however autonomous from the ICJ Geneva.

ICJ-Kenya is a National Section of the International Commission of Jurists based in Nairobi, Kenya. It is represented in the Commission in Geneva by its former Chairperson, Mr. Kathurima M'Inoti. Over 300 jurists members comprise the organization which is dedicated to the legal protection of human rights in Kenya, and the African region in terms of the general mandate for national sections defined by Article 4 of the ICJ Statute. ICJ Kenya is governed under a Constitution through an elected council of 7 members that serves for two-year fixed terms.

Amadou Kane

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Rencontre Africaine Pour la Defense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO)
Coalition Deputy-Chair

Rencontre Africaine Pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO) (African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights) was formed in 1990 to promote, protect and defend human rights in all of Africa. RADDHO works towards realising the rule of law and democratic tolerance through various projects, including conferences on human rights, field investigations and the publication of reports. It also participates in observing elections in Senegal and elsewhere in the region. The contact person at RADDHO; Mr. Amadou Kane is a Lawyer at the Senegalese Bar association with 22 years experience of practice , a member of ICC counsels list and the legal advisor for RADDHO.

Osai Ojigho
Deputy Executive Director of AfA
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Alliances for Africa (AfA)

Alliances for Africa (AfA) is an international African-led human rights, peace and sustainable development organization registered in the UK and in Nigeria. The concept for AfA was established in 1993 at the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria. It was initially established as a loose network by a concerned group of African activists, alarmed at the apparent disorganization of the mainstream organizations in being able to link the various generations of rights such as civil with economic and social rights.

AfA’s mission is to enhance and reconstruct the interface between human rights and development with a vision to contributing innovatively to the task of tackling the causes of endemic poverty and exclusion in Africa.

AfA aims to enhance and strengthen on a sustainable basis, local, national, sub-regional and regional institutions in Africa active in the monitoring, advancing, promoting and protecting of human rights, peace and sustainable development initiatives. AfA’s core activities are organized under a four-point agenda, namely:
• Human rights, peace and poverty/sustainable development;
• Coalition building, monitoring and networking;
• Training and capacity building;
• Gender Justice and Advocacy;

Tito Byenkya
Chief Executive Officer of EALS
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East Africa Law Society (EALS)

The East Africa Law Society is the apex regional bar Association of East Africa jointly founded in 1995 by a group of Lawyers with the support of the leadership of the national Bar Association of: Burundi Bar Association, Kigali Bar Association, Law Society of Kenya, Tanganyika Law Society, Uganda Law Society and Zanzibar Law Society. EALS is the largest Professional organization in East Africa, with a specific focus on the professional development of its members as well as promotion of constitutionalism, democracy and good governance, the rule of law and the advancement, promotion and protection of human rights of all people in East Africa and beyond.

Emmanuel Massawe
Chief Executive Officer of TLS
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Tanganyika Law Society (TLS)

The Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) is a professional association for lawyers in Mainland Tanzania. It was established by an Act of Parliament in 1954. All practicing Advocates in Tanzania Mainland are compelled, by law, to be members of TLS. The prime objective of TLS is to promote the rule of law by representing its members’ interests and by advising the government and the general public on matters pertaining to the law, human rights and access to justice.

The TLS was established with several statutory objectives, including, to maintain and improve the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession in Tanzania; to facilitate the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the legal profession and others; to assist the Government and the Courts in all matters affecting legislation and administration and practice of the law in Tanzania; to represent, protect and assist members of the legal profession in Tanzania as regards to conditions of practice and otherwise; and to protect and assist the public in Tanzania in all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the law.

Angela Mudukuti
International Justice Project Lawyer

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Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) promotes and advances human rights and the rule of law in southern Africa, primarily through strategic litigation support and capacity building.

SALC provides technical and monetary support to local and regional lawyers and organizations in litigating human rights and rule of law cases in the region. SALC also provides training in human rights and rule of law issues and facilitates networks of human rights lawyers and organizations throughout southern Africa.

Dzimbabwe Chimbga
Programme Manager
International Litigation & Advocacy of ZLHR

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Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) is a not for profit human rights organization whose core objective is to foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe as well as encourage the growth and strengthening of human rights at all levels of Zimbabwean society through observance of the rule of law. ZLHR is committed to upholding respect for the rule of law and the unimpeded administration of justice, free and fair elections, the free flow of information and the protection of constitutional rights and freedoms in Zimbabwe and the surrounding region. It keeps these values central to its programming activities. ZLHR holds observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), provides secretarial services to the Human Rights Committee of the SADC Lawyers Association and has affiliate status with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

Amin Medani
President of SHRM
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Sudan Human Rights Monitor

Sudan Human Rights Organization SHRO-Cairo was formed in 1991 and is a Sudanese human rights and democracy entity. The organization is fully committed to the struggle for the preservation of human rights independently from any government or opposition group.

Emmanuel Bayeni

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Centre des Droits de l'Homme et du Développement (CDHD)

Centre des Droits de l'Homme et du Développement (CDHD) aim is the scientific research, education, advocacy, outreach issues of human rights and development in Congo-Brazzaville.


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Dieu‐Donné Wedi Djamba
Executive Secretary


Dieu‐Donné Wedi Djamba
Executive Secretary

Before joining the Coalition, Dieu‐Donné Wedi Djamba worked as an Attorney at Law, member of Lubumbashi Bar Association and Member of the Council of the same Bar Association. He also worked as a Director of Publications at the League for Safeguard of Consumers ‘Rights, Lubumbashi, DRC; Executive Director of the Congolese Law Clinic for Justice and Reconciliation, Lubumbashi, DRC; Technical Assistant to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Banjul, The Gambia, and Consultant in Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Lubumbashi, DRC.

Mr. Wedi holds a LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; LLB from the University of Lubumbashi, DRC and a Diploma in Transitional Justice from the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in collaboration with the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Mr. Wedi is an independent researcher in Human Rights and Transitional Justice. He has several publications which are available online. He is fluent in both French and English.



Sophia Ebby
Legal Officer

Ms Sophia Ebby holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Before joining the Coalition, Ms Ebby worked with Duncan J. Oola & Company Advocates, a Law firm based in Arusha, Tanzania. She started as a legal and admin Intern at the Coalition in 2011.


Peter Anthony Mwita


Peter Anthony Mwita

Mr. Peter Anthony Mwita is a holder of MBA in Finance and Strategic Management (MBA fc & Sm) of the University of Arusha and Advanced Diploma in Accountancy (ADA) of the Institute of Finance Management in Dar es Salaam.

Before joining the African Court Coalition in April 2014, he was a Financial adviser and a Lecturer in Accountancy and Business Studies at Edmund Rice in Arusha from the year 2012 march to 2014 march, he also got an opportunity to serve as a Financial controller at Key Field Carrier Centre (KCC) in Arusha as a part time job from June 2013 to March 2014.


Maria Mnzava


Maria Mnzava

Ms. Mnzava, Obtained her BBA from Regional Institute of Management and Administration (RIMA) in Chandigarh India and did her Post graduate diploma in Business studies at Dublin Business School in Dublin Ireland, and got an opportunity to Intern with The Adelaide and Meath Hospital Tallaght Dublin, Ireland, Children Ward. Ms Mnzava has also worked as an Administrator with Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) in Arusha, Tanzania.


Digna Irafay


Digna Irafay

Ms Digna Irafay is finalizing her under graduate degree in Bachelors of Laws (LL.B) at the Tumaini Makumira University in Arusha, Tanzania. She conducted a field work at the State Attorney Chamber from July to October 2011 in Arusha, Tanzania. She conducted another field work from August to October 2012 at the Legal and Human Rights Centre basing on Civil law, also in Arusha, Tanzania.


Rebecca Luhenya Nyange


Rebecca Luhenya Nyange

Before joining the Coalition Ms Rebecca Nyange worked as a Media Coordinator at Zion City Church, Arusha, Tanzania. She has also done a six month internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) within Human Resources-Training Unit. Rebecca has served as an Assistant Accountant at Dajome Investment Ltd in Solwezi, Zambia. She taught French and computer lessons at Kilimanjaro Primary School in Arusha.

Rebecca Nyange holds an advanced Diploma in Business Administration and Management Studies (Association of Business Managers and Administrators, UK), Niec School of Business Management Trust. Ndola, Zambia. She is a freelance Interpreter and translator from English to French, French to English and Swahili. She is fluent in English, French, Lingala and Swahili.



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