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 sensitization mission in Banjul, The Gambia-31 October to 9 November 2015
The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition/the Coalition) carried a successful sensitization mission in Banjul, the Gambia from 31 October to 9 November 2015 in line with the 57th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission).
During the mission, the Coalition met one-on-one with state representatives during the Commission session and impressed on the importance of Ratification and Declaration of the African Court Protocol in order to allow direct access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights for Individuals and NGOs with observer status before the Commission. Representatives from the following states were met; South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritania, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Prior to the African Commission session, the African Court Coalition had an opportunity to attend the NGOs Forum and engage with Civil Society Organization activities on the margin and network with other Human Rights stakeholders.
The Coalition also organized a side event on the evening of 4 November at Kairaba Beach Hotel for Coalition and non-Coalition members where they debated on accountability for human rights abuses in the continent through complementarity of the African Court Protocol, the Malabo Protocol and the Rome Statute. Speakers to the side event were Prof. Frans Viljoen of the Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria University, Mr. Lloyd Kuveya of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum and Mr. Dieu-Donne Wedi Djamba of the African Court Coalition. The session was chaired by Miss Sheila Nabachwa of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI).
7 New members were recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition in line with the African Court Coalition ‘Bring Two’ Campaign.
- African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission during the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission, Banjul, The Gambia, October 2013
- Reflecting on the current developments at the African Court for better access to justice on the Continent
- 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