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PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission in Angola

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition) will be carrying out an Advocacy Mission in Luanda, Angola from 25 April to 1 May 2014 prior and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission).

The main objective of the Mission is to impress on the importance of the Declaration under Article 34 (6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Protocol) in terms of access to justice and making the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) effective. The African Court Coalition plans to meet one-on-one with state representatives during the Commission Session in order to encourage those countries that have ratified the Protocol to make Declaration under Article 34 (6) of the same Protocol, as well as encouraging more states to ratify.

The mission will also give updates on developments at the African Court and the work of the African Court Coalition in popularising the work of the Court.

During the Mission, the African Court Coalition will have an opportunity to participate in the NGOs Forum preceding the Commission Session, engage in Civil Society Organization activities on the margins, network with other Human Rights stakeholders and recruit new members to join the Coalition.

This is the continuation of the African Court Coalition advocacy missions particularly on the margins of the Commission sessions aiming to advocate for an effective African Court, the last one being in October/November 2013 during the 54th Session of the Commission.

 

PostHeaderIcon Follow up on the Nominations and Election of Judges to the African Court

In view of the nominations and the upcoming July 2014 elections of judges to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court) and in advocating for an independent and efficient African Court, the Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court Coalition) calls for submission of names and curriculum vitae (CV) (via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) of suitable and qualified persons from your respective countries or other African Union (AU) member states which have ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The Protocol) whom you believe can serve as judges of the Court.

The Coalition will then send the suggested names of candidates to the respective Ministries of foreign Affairs/External Relations for considerations. For those who will send us names of favorable candidates and they happen to know the contact details of the respective Ministries of foreign Affairs/External Relations from which these candidates come from, kindly do send us those details too which should include name(s) of contact person, email addresses and mobile/phone numbers.

Please be reminded that only the following AU member states which have ratified the Protocol can nominate candidates: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Comoros, Congo Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Lesotho, Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

However, in light of the current judges holding seats at the African Court, nationals of the following countries cannot be elected: Algeria, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Senegal, Burundi and Kenya and therefore no candidates should be suggested from these countries.

Kindly send us the names of the candidates before 9 April 2014 and be reminded that the closing date for State Parties to submit nominations to the AU OFFICE OF THE LEGAL COUNSEL IS 30 APRIL 2014.

Please refer to the article below for more information on the nominations and election of judges and kindly pay special attention on the criteria for election.

You can also visit the AU link for the reminder of the announcement available in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.

 
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