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The Coalition conducts advocacy and lobbying on key issues relating to the African Court at the African Union and at country level.

Key areas of engagement include the nominations process, monitoring the enforcement of judgments, aspects relating to the functioning of the Court, universal ratification of the protocol establishing the African Court, ensuring greater access for individuals and NGOs to the African Court and the creation of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.

Written submissions, attending AU Summits and the sessions of the African Court and the African Commission, attending AU meetings relating to the African Court of Justice and Human Rights and engaging with governments are some of the strategies adopted.

 

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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