First Colloquium and Third General Assembly

First Colloquium and Third General Assembly

The First Colloquium and Third General Assembly of the Coalition were held in Arusha on 12-13 March 2015.

Coalition at the 56th African Commission Session

Coalition at the 56th African Commission Session

The Coalition in collaboration with ICJ-Kenya carried out a successful advocacy mission in Banjul from 13 to 25 April 2015.

Strengthening Women’s Rights in West Africa

Strengthening Women’s Rights in West Africa

The Coalition in partnership with Senegalese Association of Female Jurists conducted a workshop in Darkar, Senegal, from 24-25 February 2015 to strengthen Women's Rights in West Africa.

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PostHeaderIcon Chad becomes 30th AU Member State to ratify the Protocol on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Chad becomes 30th AU Member State to ratify the Protocol on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The Republic of Chad has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right, bringing the number of African Union (AU) Member States to have ratified it to 30.

The instrument was signed on 27 January, 2016 by Chad’s President H. E Idriss DebyItno and immediately deposited at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The ratification was promised by the Chad’s President when he met the President of the Court Hon Justice Augustino Ramadhani in N’djamena during a sensitization visit to the country on 16-17 December, 2015.

The President of Chad assumed the AU annual rotating Chairmanship last week in Addis Ababa from H.E President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

The other States which have ratified the Protocol are: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Comoros, Congo, Gabon and The Gambia. Others are: Ghana; Kenya, Libya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda, Arab Saharawi Republic , Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Tunisia.

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is a continental court established by the AU to enhance the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa.

In addition to the ratification of the Protocol, States have to make a Declaration required under Article 34(6) of the Protocol to allow individuals and NGOs to bring cases directly before the Court. Without such Declaration, the Court would have no jurisdiction over cases brought by individuals and NGOs. So far, only seven states have made the Declaration. These are: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivore, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The Court was established by virtue of Article 1 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 was adopted on 9 June 1998 in Burkina Faso and came into force on 25 January 2004. The Court officially started its operations in November 2006. The AU is made up of 54 Member States.

Source: African Court

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission in Nairobi, November 2015

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition/the Coalition) together with ICJ-Kenya and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) carried a successful advocacy mission in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 to 13 November 2015.

The main objective of the advocacy mission was to impress on the importance of deposit of the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the Protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (the African Court Protocol) by the government of Kenya so as to allow direct access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights(African Court) for Individuals and NGOs with observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights( African Commission) .

The mission also increased awareness about the work of the African Court as well as the work of the African Court Coalition. One member was recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition in line with the African Court Coalition ‘Bring Two’ Campaign.

A meeting with Civil Society Organisations was held on 11 November 2015 at PrideInn Hotel where discussions were carried out on why Kenya is yet to deposit the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the African Court Protocol and advocacy strategies were adopted to help influence and speed up the process of deposit of the Declaration by the government of Kenya. ICJ-Kenya and KHRC will continue to work with the Coalition to follow up on the implementation of the advocacy strategies adopted.

The Coalition and ICJ-Kenya also had an opportunity to meet with the Attorney General of Kenya, Prof. Githu Muigai where they discussed on Kenya’s position with regard to deposit of Article 34(6) Declaration as required under the African Court Protocol.

The African Court Coalition is grateful to Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for the financial support of this advocacy mission.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition sensitization mission in Banjul, November 2015

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.

 

PostHeaderIcon MAKE THE DIFFERENCE, SUPPORT THE AFRICAN COURT COALITION!

African Court Coalition being a non-profiting Organization is open to receive donations which will support its activities particularly on trainings, seminars, advocacy and round tables with a purpose of assuring access to justice for all in Africa in working toward an effective, accessible and independent African Court on People’s and Human Rights (African Court).

Donations will also be used to support young graduates to gain experience with the African Court and the African Human Rights System as a whole as well as the work experience in an organization through a rich internship program conducted at the African Court Coalition Secretariat.

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