Advocacy at the African Commission
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.
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.
- Report of the Working Group on Communications
- 52th Session Yamoussoukro October 2012
- 51st Session, Banjul, April 2012
- 50th Session Banjul October 2011
- Five commissioners elected to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
- Panel discussion on African Court, April 2011
- 49th Session Banjul April 2011
- 48th Session Banjul November 2010
- 47th Session Banjul May 2010
- 46th Session Banjul November 2009