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PostHeaderIcon Advocacy at National Level

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 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.


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

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Northern Africa Training Workshop and Advocacy Mission in Algeria, August 2013

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Coalition) and its Northern Focal Point, the Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary & the Legal Profession (ACIJLP), held a training workshop for the Northern Africa on the Rules of Procedure of the African Court of Human and Peoples 'Rights (the African Court) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the African Commission) on the 26, 27 and 28 August 2013 in Algiers, Algeria.

The Workshop included participants from Algeria and Tunisia. Unfortunately due to the current circumstances in Egypt, Egyptian participants could not travel to Algeria. The training workshop is part of the African Court Coalition objectives to build capacity among legal practitioners and civil society for better understanding of the Rules of Procedure of the African Court and African Commission.

Facilitators for the training were Madame Commissioner Maya Sahli-Fadel (African Commission) and Professor Michelo Hansungule (Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria).

After the Training Workshop, the Coalition in collaboration with Centre d’Information et de Documentation sur les Droits de l’Enfant et de la Femme (CIDDEF) carried an advocacy mission in Algeria with the main objective to impress on Algeria the importance of considerations to deposit the Article 34(6) Declaration as required by the Protocol Establishing the African Court in terms of allowing direct access to justice for human rights violations and human rights victims.

The Coalition also had an opportunity to popularize the work of the African Court and its developments as well as popularize the work of the Coalition.

The delegation met with; the President of the Algerian Consultative Commission for Human Rights; the Director of Human Rights- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Representative of the Human Rights Civil Society Organisations in Algeria.


African Court Coalition Training Workshop on the Rules of Procedure of the African Court & African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights


African Court Coalition/CIDDEF Meeting with the Director for Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Training workshop & Advocacy mission in DRC, August 2013

The Coalition for an Effective African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights (the African Court Coalition), in collaboration with Action against Impunity for Human Rights (ACIDH) and the Congolese Association for Access to Justice (ACAJ), held a two days training workshop on the Rules of Procedure of the African Court of Human and Peoples 'Rights (African Court) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Commission) on the 12th and 13th August 2013 in Kinshasa DRC.

The main objective of the training was to strengthen capacity among legal practitioners and NGOs in DRC for better understanding of the Rules of Procedure of the African Court and African Commission. The training workshop is part of the African Court Coalition’s objectives to build capacity among legal practitioners and civil society for better understanding of the Rules of Procedure of the African Court and the Commission. Facilitator included Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition), Professor Joseph Yav Katchung( University of Lubumbashi), Mr. Laurent Okitonembo (Kinshasa-Gombe Bar Association) and Mr. Marcel Wetsh’okonda Koso (Kinshasa-Gombe Bar Association).

After the Training Workshop, the African Court Coalition and its Central Africa Focal Point, Association de Droits de l’Homme et l’Univers Carcéral (ADHUC), in collaboration with Action against Impunity for Human Rights (ACIDH) and the Congolese Association for Access to Justice (ACAJ) carried an advocacy mission in the DRC from 14 to 16 on the deposition of the Instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights Establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Protocol) and the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the same Protocol. During the training, prior to the advocacy mission, the African Court Coalition and its partners came into a discovery that the DRC had ratified the Protocol establishing the African Court since 2001 but it was never deposited to the African Union Commission and efforts are being made by the African Court Coalition and its partners in the country to ensure that the Instrument of ratification of the Protocol is deposited.

The main objectives of the advocacy mission were to:
• Impress on the DRC Government on the importance of depositing the Instrument of ratification and the declaration under Article 34(6) of the Protocol establishing the African Court to allow access to the African Court to individuals and NGOs with observer status before the African Commission;
• To popularize the work of the African Court and discuss its developments as well as popularize the work of the African Court Coalition.

Composed of Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition), Mr. Loamba Moke (Focal Point for Central Africa), Mr. Georges Kapiamba (ACAJ )and Mrs. Nicole Odia Kayembe (ACIDH), the delegation met with:
• The Vice Minister on Human Rights;
• Attorney General;
• Judge from the Supreme Court of Justice;
• Civil Society;
• Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office; and
• Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) - DRC Office.


Participants to the Training Workshop on the Rules of Procedure of the African Court & African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights


Mr. Moke Loamba (ADHUC), Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (ACC), the Vice Minister of Human Rights (Ministry of Justice & Human Rights), Mrs. Nicole Odia Kayembe (ACIDH), Mr. Georges Kapiamba (ACAJ) & Mr. Mawete Fakana (Ministry of Justice & Human Rights)


Left to right; Mr. Moke Loamba (ADHUC), Mrs. Nicole Odia Kayembe (ACIDH), Hon. Judge of the DRC Supreme Court of Justice, Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (ACC) & Mr. Georges Kapiamba (ACAJ)


Left to right; Mr. Moke Loamba (ADHUC), Mrs. Nicole Odia Kayembe (ACIDH), The Attorney General, Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (ACC) & Mr. Georges Kapiamba (ACAJ)

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Mission in Kenya, July 2013

The African Court Coalition carried a one day advocacy mission in Nairobi, Kenya on 26 July 2013.

The main objectives of the mission were to:
• Impress on the Kenyan Government the importance of the declaration under Article 34(6)of the Protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court) to allow access to the African Court to individuals and NGOs with observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights;
• To popularize the work of the African Court and discuss its developments as well as popularising the work of the African Court Coalition

Represented by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba and Ms Stella Ndirangu (International Commission of Jurists-ICJ Kenya; Coalition Chairperson), the African Court Coalition met with the Office of the Attorney General and the Kenyan National Human Rights Commission.

The African Court Coalition plans more visits to African Union member states as part of its mission to see an effective African Court and to ensure access to justice for all.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition and HURISA Advocacy Mission in South Africa

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Coalition) in collaboration with Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) conducted a successful advocacy mission in South Africa from 10 to 14 June 2013.

The main objectives of the advocacy mission were to:
• Impress on the South African Government the importance of the declaration under Article 34(6)of the Protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court) to allow access to the Court to individuals and NGOs with observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights;
• To popularize the work of the African Court and discuss its developments as well as popularising the work of the Coalition; and
• Networking with different organizations, Institutions and individuals to deepen the Coalition’s visibility.

The delegation composed of Mr. Dieu-Donne Wedi Djamba (Executive Secretary of the Coalition), Ms. Sophia Ebby, (Legal Officer of the Coalition), Ms. Corlett Letlojane (Executive Director of HURISA) and Advocate Sipho Mantula (HURISA Advocacy and Media Liaising Officer). The delegation met with state and non-state actors including:
• Department of International Relations and Cooperation;
• International Legal Relations (Department of Justice and Constitutional Development) ;
• Justice College (Department of Justice and Constitutional Development) ;
• South African Electoral Commission;
• South African Human Rights Commission;
• Commission for Gender Equality;
• Judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa;
• The Constitutional Hill; and
• Civil Society Organization.

The delegation also had a chance to interact with South African media through radio interviews and also paid a courtesy visit to the Centre for Human Rights; University of Pretoria and the Foundation for Human Rights of South Africa. At the Centre for Human Rights, the Coalition was introduced to the LLM students (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa).

The Coalition plans more visits to AU member states as part of its mission to see an effective African Court and to ensure access to justice for all.


ACC/HURISA meeting with Civil Society Organisations


ACC/HURISA meeting with the Judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

 

PostHeaderIcon Successful Stakeholders' Conference held in Durban

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in collaboration with the African Court Coalition held a successful conference in Durban, South Africa from 4 to 7 June 2013 on Enhancing the Effectiveness of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. During the conference, participants including scholars, practitioner lawyers and human rights experts, exchanged views on challenges, strategies and way forward in enhancing the effectiveness of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.


Participants

 
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