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Focal Points, in addition to attending events at AU and African Commission 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 to raise key issues relating to the protection of human and peoples’ rights. 

The Focal Points and member organisations develop and implement the activities and programmes of the Coalition in the sub-regions at national level.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition seminar on the judicial procedures of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights

African Court Coalition seminar on the judicial procedures of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Lubumbashi, DRC, 7 September 2016

The African Court Coalition and the Lubumbashi Bar Association organized a one day seminar on the judicial procedure of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The participants were introduced to the judiciary procedures of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights utilised by Africans to claim justice and redress in cases of human rights violations. The objective of the seminar was to strengthen the capacity of the lawyers on the procedures before the African Court and the African Commission, and encourage the promotion of human and peoples’ rights through the ratification of the Protocol establishing the African Court and the deposition of the Article 34(6) declaration to guarantee access to justice.

 


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PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition sensitization mission in Banjul, The Gambia, 3 - 12 April 2016

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition/Coalition) will be carrying out a sensitization mission in Banjul, the Gambia from 3 to 12 April 2016 in line with the 58th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission).

The African Court Coalition plans to meet one-on-one with state representatives during the Commission Session in order to increase the understanding and acceptance of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Protocol) by AU members.

During the mission, the African Court Coalition will have an opportunity to attend the NGOs Forum preceding the Commission session, engage in Civil Society Organization activities on the margin, network with other Human Rights stakeholders and recruit new members to join the Coalition in line with its campaign ‘’Bring Two’’..

The mission aims at;
* increasing understanding and acceptance of the African Court Protocol by AU member states;
* increasing membership of the Coalition and strengthen the Coalition as a network;

The mission is the continuation of the African Court Coalition missions in the margins of the Commission ordinary sessions to have an effective African Court and strengthen the Coalition as network..

 

PostHeaderIcon 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 & ICJ-Kenya Advocacy Mission – November 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.


Left to Right: Prof. Githu Muigai, the Attorney General of Kenya, A representative from the Coalition, a representative from ICJ-Kenya


African Court Coalition & ICJ-Kenya Advocacy Mission – November 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

 

PostHeaderIcon Strengthening the Protection of Women's Rights in West Africa

Strengthening the Protection of Women's Rights in West Africa: Regional Training and Advocacy Workshop on the Rules of Procedure of the African Court, the African Commission and ECOWAS Court of Justice, Dakar, Senegal: 24-25 February 2015

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The African Court Coalition) in partnership with Senegalese Association of Female Jurists (AJS) carried out a training and Advocacy workshop in Darkar, Senegal from 24 to 25 February 2015.

 

The main objective of the Mission was towards strengthening the protection of women rights in West Africa by educating and creating awareness on the rights of women and relevant procedures to be followed in redressing violations of such rights through judicial remedies that are available locally, regionally and continentally.

The regional training and advocacy workshop was combined of a one day training-advocacy on women's rights and available remedies in the African Charter and the Maputo Protocol, and a one day training workshop on the Rules of Procedure of the African Court, African Commission and the ECOWAS Court of Justice.

Also included was the mapping of potential women's rights cases to be brought before the appropriate African regional or continental judicial or quasi-judicial mechanism. One potential case from Ghana to be submitted before the African Court, two potential cases from Senegal to be submitted before the African Commission and one potential from Senegal to be submitted before the ECOWAS Court of Justice were identified.

Training and Advocacy Workshop was financially supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

(Full report to be released later)


Strengthening the Protection of Women's Rights in West Africa, Dakar, Senegal, 24-25 February 2015

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy Seminar held in Lusaka, November 2014

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

 

PostHeaderIcon Training seminar held in Lubumbashi, July 2014

Training seminar on the African system of human rights: the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the Special Mechanisms, Lubumbashi, DRC, 23 to 25 July 2014.

The Action against Impunity for Human Rights (ACIDH) and the Congolese Association for Access to Justice (ACAJ) in collaboration with the Coalition organized a three-day training seminar on the system African promotion and protection of human rights and peoples, in Lubumbashi, DRC from 23 to 25 July 2014.

The main objective was the fight against impunity for human rights violations through the use of African mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights and peoples. And specific objectives were to close the ignorance gap of the procedures before these mechanisms and the lack of interest of using these mechanisms by NGOs; lack of deposit of the instrument of ratification by DRC to the Secretariat of the the African Union Commission and declaration allowing NGOs and individuals to appeal to the African Court.

The seminar focused on training on the African system for the promotion and protection of human rights and peoples (mechanisms and procedures to these mechanisms);
- The selection and preparation of documents of NGOs to obtain observer status with the African Commission;
- The identification and selection of cases of violations of human rights that may be subject to these mechanisms;
- Drafting the advocacy document for filing the act of ratification establishing the African Court and the declaration allowing NGOs and individuals to appeal to the African Court
- monitoring the first four activities.

Facilitators were experts in the field of human rights with recognized experience on the organization and functioning of these mechanisms. This is Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Coalition), Mr. Ibrahima Kane (Open Society Foundation); Dr. Joseph Yav Katchung (University of Lubumbashi) and Mr. Marcel Wetsh'Okunda (Kinshasa-Gombe Bar Association).

The Coalition was also able to recruit 25 new members in the DRC, as part of the 'Bring Two' Campaign.

The Training seminar was financially supported by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

 
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