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PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission on the margins of the 22nd AU Summit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 16 to 25 January 2014

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Coalition) carried a successful advocacy mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 16 to 25 January 2014 prior and during the 22nd African Union (AU) Summit.

The main objective of the Mission was to impress on African Union state members 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 (the African Court) more effective.

During the mission, the Coalition met with state representatives and encouraged member states which have ratified the Protocol to deposit the required Declaration under Article 34 (6) and those which have not ratified to do so. The Coalition was able to meet with different embassies and representatives of the African Union in Addis Ababa including:
• Representative of the Department of Political Affairs: Human Rights Division
• Representative of Governance and Human Rights and Operation Division Program: Delegation of the European Union to the African Union.

The embassies included: The Embassy of Sierra Leone, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia, The Embassy of Kenya, The Embassy of Uganda, The Embassy of Nigeria, The Embassy of the Republic of Angola, The Embassy of the Republic of Congo, The Embassy of Mauritius, The Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland, The Embassy of Botswana, Embassy of the Republic of Benin, Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The Coalition also used this mission as an opportunity to popularize its work and build a wider network with other human rights stake holders as well as give updates on developments at the African Court.

In realization of access to justice for all through the African Court as well as its effectiveness, the Coalition will continue to carry out advocacy missions for ratification and declaration of the Protocol establishing this important African Human Rights Institution.

 


Left to right: Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Congo to the African Union and the African Court Coalition Executive Secretary

 


Left to right: A Representative of the Kenyan Embassy to the African Union and the African Court Coalition Executive Secretary

 

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African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-23 May 2013

The African Court Coalition carried a successful advocacy mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia prior and during the 21st African Union Summit, from 13 to 23 May. The main objectives of the Mission was to impress on African Union state members the importance of an effective African Court, the importance of making the declaration under Article 34 (6) in terms of access to justice and making the African Court effective, encouraging more states to ratify the Protocol establishing the African Court and also create awareness about the work of the African Court.

The Coalition delegation comprised of Mr. Amadou Kane, Deputy Chair of the Coalition; Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, Executive Secretary of the Coalition; Mr Ibrahim Basem Mahfouz Abdo, Northern Africa Focal point; and Ms Adaobi Egboka, West Africa Focal Point. The delegation was able to meet with different African States Embassies in Addis Ababa including;
• Embassy of Mozambique
• Embassy of Togo
• Embassy of Senegal
• Embassy of Tunisia
• Embassy of Zimbabwe
• Embassy of Zambia
• Embassy of Botswana
• Embassy of Gabon
• Embassy of South Sudan
• Embassy of Benin
• Embassy of Djibouti
• Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo
• Embassy of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and
• Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire

The delegate also met with various representatives of the African Union such as representatives from;
• The Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees and Displaced person Division (HARDP)
• The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC-AU)
• The Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) and
• Women, Gender and Development Directorate

In realization of access to the African Court and the effectiveness of the same Court, the Coalition will continue to carry out its advocacy missions for ratification and declaration of the Protocol Establishing the African Court.

Coalition delegation with South Sudan Ambassador

 

Coalition delegation with Togo Ambassador

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy mission prior and during the 21st AU Summit in Addis Ababa

The African Court Coalition will undertake an advocacy mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, prior and during the 21st AU Summit, from 13 to 23 May 2013.

During the mission, the African Court Coalition will meet with State Representatives with the aim to advocate for the ratification 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) and/or the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the some Protocol allowing direct access to Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) by individuals and NGOs with observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 

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Full text of the Speech made by the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, at the handover ceremony on 15 October 2012 when she was taking over from Dr. Jean Ping.

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PostHeaderIcon 19th AU Summit to focus on Intra-African trade

The 19th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) is scheduled to take place from 9 to 16 July 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Holding under the theme: “Boosting Intra-African Trade”, the 19th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union will officially kick off on Monday 9 July 2012, with the 24th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC). The PRC will discuss items on the agenda in preparation of the upcoming AU Summit, to be submitted to the Executive Council for adoption.

According to the PRC agenda for the 19th AU Summit, the Ambassadors will, for two days (9 and 10 July 2012) exchange views on specific reports including the reports of the Advisory Sub-committee on administrative, budgetary and financial matters; sub-committee on programmes and conferences; sub-committee on structures; multilateral cooperation; economic and trade matters; the report on the NEPAD as well as that of the refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa. They will consider the working documents and draft decisions in preparation for the 21st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council.

On the other hand, the 21st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council will be held from 12 to 13 July 2012 at the headquarters of the AU in Addis Ababa. The Ministers of External Affairs and other ministers or authorities designated by the governments of AU Member States will deliberate on the different reports of the ministerial meetings organised by the AU Commission during the last six months. They will consider the activity report of the Commission; the recommendations of the PRC on the implementation of previous Decisions of the Executive Council and the Assembly; and the report of the ministerial committee on candidatures.

The Executive Council will further look into reports of some AU Organs including the Pan-African Parliament (PAP); the African Committee of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the Union (ECOSOCC); the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption; and the African Union Commission on International Law (AUCIL) before embarking on the consideration of items proposed by Member States. One of the high moments during the Executive Council meeting will be the election of Commissioners of the African Union and the election of three judges of the African Court of Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) as well as the appointment of one judge of the AU Ad-Hoc Administrative Tribunal.

The 19th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union is scheduled to take place on 15 and 16 July 2012.

 
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