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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 Advocacy Mission during the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission, Banjul, The Gambia, October 2013

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

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.

 


The Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition making a statement

 


The Executive Secretary of the Coalition (right) and the Nigerian representative at the African Commission Session

 

PostHeaderIcon 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.

Panelists

From left to right; Professor Frans Viljoen (University of Pretoria), Mr Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Coalition Executive Secretary),
Mr Dzimbabwe Chimbga (Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights) and Judge Sylvain Oré (African Court Judge)

 

Participants of the Banjul side event

 

PostHeaderIcon Report of the Working Group on Communications

This Report was presented by Commissioner Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi, chairperson of the Working Group on Communications, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The presentation gives an overview of the protective mandate of the Commission as a whole, take you through the success lane of the Commission during its twenty-five years of existence, the challenges it has incurred and opportunities available to enhance the protection mandate.

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