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Arusha, March 8th, 2016 - TrustAfrica and the Coalition for an Effective African Court (CEAC) are convening African civil society from across the continent to promote their engagement with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AcHPR). The meeting, which aims to advance victims’ rights and access to justice through the African Charter establishing the Court is open to journalists with prior accreditation and registration.

WHO: Trust Africa’s Fund to Advance International Criminal Justice in Africa and the Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (CEAC). Key guests include H.E. Ambassador Fafre Camara, Malian Ambassador in Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Justice S.E. Augustino Ramdhani, President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, lawyers, and advocates from Mali, Burundi, South Sudan, Nigeria, the DRC, and Senegal among many others.

WHEN: March 8th to March 9th, 2016

WHERE: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania

WHY: A number of misconceptions about Africa and its engagement with peace, justice, and human rights have dominated the global narrative in recent years. A closer look at accountability processes on the continent since the early 1990s however, tells a very different story about Africa’s commitment to international justice.

Africa has indeed played a pioneering role in the establishment of courts with international criminal jurisdiction, spearheaded by civil society advocacy and the independent contributions of a number of governments. While AU initiatives place decision and policy makers at the center of discussions on ICJ, they also recognize the role played by African civil society in the development of ICJ practice in Africa.

Significant regional initiatives include the creation of the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal to try former Chadian President, Hissène Habré, and the establishment of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS). All of these processes provide important opportunities for African civil society to engage with continental, regional, and national efforts to address impunity.

It is critical to build on the momentum generated by these simultaneous processes and promote civil society engagement with the Court. Thus, the main objectives of this meeting are to:
1. Review victims’ statutory role and place in non-judicial and judicial African mechanisms;
2. Examine victims’ rights and access to justice in international courts; and
3. Develop a set of recommendations to improve the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.

About the Organizers: TrustAfrica’s ICJ Fund aims to strengthen and support civil society efforts to advance domestic and regional accountability mechanisms. The CEAC works to ensure that the AcHPR and the African Commission are effective, accessible and credible, providing justice and a recourse to victims of human rights violations.

Representatives of the media interested in being accredited to cover the Convening should contact the organizers as per the below.

Media Contacts:
Nadia Iya, TrustAfrica: ahidjo[@]trustafrica.org
Sophia Ebby, CEAC: programmeofficer[@]africancourtcoalition.org

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