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The Coalition was granted observer status at the 44th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights which was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 10 to 24 November 2008.

Coalition members use the sessions of the African Commission to conduct advocacy, organise discussions on the African Court, and publicise the work of the Coalition. Members also meet with government representatives and participate in parallel civil society events on raising awareness on the African human rights system.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition sensitization mission in Banjul, November 2015

African Court Coalition sensitization mission in Banjul, The Gambia-31 October to 9 November 2015

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition/the Coalition) carried a successful sensitization mission in Banjul, the Gambia from 31 October to 9 November 2015 in line with the 57th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission).

During the mission, the Coalition met one-on-one with state representatives during the Commission session and impressed on the importance of Ratification and Declaration of the African Court Protocol in order to allow direct access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights for Individuals and NGOs with observer status before the Commission. Representatives from the following states were met; South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritania, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Prior to the African Commission session, the African Court Coalition had an opportunity to attend the NGOs Forum and engage with Civil Society Organization activities on the margin and network with other Human Rights stakeholders.

The Coalition also organized a side event on the evening of 4 November at Kairaba Beach Hotel for Coalition and non-Coalition members where they debated on accountability for human rights abuses in the continent through complementarity of the African Court Protocol, the Malabo Protocol and the Rome Statute. Speakers to the side event were Prof. Frans Viljoen of the Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria University, Mr. Lloyd Kuveya of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum and Mr. Dieu-Donne Wedi Djamba of the African Court Coalition. The session was chaired by Miss Sheila Nabachwa of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI).

7 New members were recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition in line with the African Court Coalition 'Bring Two' Campaign.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Banjul Advocacy Mission, April 2015

The African Court Coalition in collaboration with the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya) carried out a successful advocacy mission in Banjul, The Gambia from 13 to 25 April 2015 in line with the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission.

The main objective of the mission was to impress on the importance of ratification and 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 African Court Protocol) in terms of access to justice and making the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) effective.

To encourage African Union member states which have ratified the African Court Protocol to make the Article 34 (6) Declaration of the Protocol as well as encouraging more states to ratify the same Protocol. The African Court Coalition met one-on-one with some state delegates during the Commission session including Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and South Africa.

The African Court Coalition participated in the NGOs Forum and the 29th African Human Rights Book Fare preceding the Commission Session. This was also an opportunity to network with other human rights stakeholders in order to deepen the African Court Coalition’s visibility and disseminate the Coalition Advocacy Booklet. Fifteen (16) new members were also recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition in line with the African Court Coalition ‘Bring Two’ Campaign.

The advocacy mission was conducted by Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, the Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition, Mr. Edigah Kavulavu, Programme Officer at ICJ-Kenya and Mrs. Tracy Davis Wilson, a Coalition’s individual member.

The African Court Coalition was financially support by Deutsche Gesellschaftfuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.


Sahli Fadel Maya (middle), Commissioner/special rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum seekers, IDPs and migrants in Africa. Second far left, Edigah Kavulavu, Programme Officer ICJ Kenya member of the Coalition with participants at the African Commission.


From left: Irene Petras (CEO of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights), Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Executive Secretary, African Court Coalition) and Blessing Gorejena (Zimbabwe NGO Forum, Southern Africa Focal Point) at the African Commission Session.

 

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African Court Coalition Angola advocacy mission prior to and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

From 25th April to 1st May 2014, prior and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Commission), in Luanda, Angola, the Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition) together with Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the African Court Coalition Southern Africa Focal Point) and Association de Droits de l’Homme et l’Univers Carcéral (the African Court Coalition Central Africa Focal Point) carried an advocacy mission with the objectives to impress on the importance of the ratification of the Protocol creating the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the same Protocol; give an update on the Court work as well as the African Court Coalition work.

The African Court Coalition was represented by Mr Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, its Executive Secretary, the Coalition Central Africa Focal Point was represented by Mr. Moke Lwamba and Southern Africa Focal Point was represented by Mrs. Susan Mutambasere.

The Team was also able to disseminate the African Court Coalition publications which aid to expose valuable knowledge about the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) and the relationship between the Court and the Commission giving people comprehensive and clear functions of the Court, composition and rules of procedural requirements of submitting cases to the African Court and other various aspects of the Court.

The Team met one to one state representatives, from Angola, Senegal, Kingdom of Swaziland, South African and The Gambia where emphasis and elaboration of the aim of the mission on the importance of the ratification of the Protocol creating the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the same Protocol as said above was discussed.

The mission was successful that, the representatives were able to recruit 13 new members to join the African Court Coalition.

In addition, prior the Commission session, the African Court Coalition was able to attend the NGO Forum and Book Fair which enable the mission representatives to meet and network with other human rights institution and engaged in Civil Societies organization activities.

 


From the left: Mr. Moke Loamba (African Court Coalition Central Africa representative), Mrs. Susan Mutambasere (African Court Coalition Southern Focal Point Representative) and Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (the Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition) during the Advocacy Mission in Luanda, Angola, from 25th April to 1st May 2014 prior and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 


The Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition, Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, making a speech during the Advocacy Mission in Luanda Angola, from 25th April to 1st May 2014 prior and during the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 
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