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.
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.
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- 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