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.
Reflecting on the current developments at the African Court for better access to justice on the Continent
The African Court Coalition organized a one hour discussion as a side event during the 53rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) with the theme; ‘Reflecting on the Current Developments at the African Court for Better Access to Justice in the Continent’. The event was held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel on the 11 April 2013, in Banjul, The Gambia with about 70 participants attending.
During an interactive one hour discussion, human rights experts and judge from the Court reflected on a number of issues relating to the Court which included among others; handling of cases transferred by the Commission and the outcome of a request for an Advisory Opinion before the Court for a case similar to the one pending before the Commission.
The discussion was chaired by Mr Dzimbabwe Chimbga of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights while Judge Sylvain Oré (Judge at African Court) and Professor Frans Viljoen (University of Pretoria, South Africa) were panellists.
From left to right; Professor Frans Viljoen (University of Pretoria), Mr Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Coalition Executive Secretary),
Participants of the Banjul side event
- 52th Session Yamoussoukro October 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
- 44th Session Abuja November 2008