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 Advocacy Mission during the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission, Banjul, The Gambia, October 2013
The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition) carried a successful advocacy mission in Banjul, the Gambia from 18 to 29 October 2013 in line with the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (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 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 state representatives during the Commission Session including state representatives from Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria and Zambia.
The African Court Coalition had an opportunity to give its statement before the African Commission whereby it encouraged AU member states which have not yet ratified the Protocol and/or deposit the Article 34(6) Declaration to do so.
The African Court Coalition participated in the NGOs Forum and the 28th African Human Rights Book Fair 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 9 new members were recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition community.
- 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
- 45th Session Banjul May 2009