African Union to appoint four judges to the African Court in July 2014. Closing date for nominations is 30 April 2014. || Coalition to conduct advocacy mission in Angola from 25 April to 1 May 2014 prior to and during 55th African Commission session.

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The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Court Coalition) is a network of non-governmental organisations and independent national human rights institutions which was formed during the first conference for the promotion of the protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Niamey, Niger in May 2003.

The key purpose for its establishment is to have an effective and independent African Court in order to provide redress to victims of human rights violations and strengthen the human rights protection system in Africa.

The Coalition was formally registered as an NGO in Tanzania in September 2007. Its main office is in Arusha, where the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is also based. 

The Coalition has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

 

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

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Stakeholders Roundtable Discussion

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court Coalition) and its Southern Africa Focal Point, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum organized a successful Roundtable Discussion themed “Reflecting on Collaboration between the African Court and Sub-regional Courts in line with the Extension of the African Court Jurisdiction to Criminal Matters” on 7 December 2013 at Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania.

The Discussions focused on the avenues of collaboration between the African Court having criminal jurisdiction in order to fight impunity of international crimes in Africa and also on the complementarity of the African Court and Sub-regional Courts with the work of the International Criminal Court (the ICC) if these courts (African Court and sub-regional Courts) will end up having international criminal justice jurisdiction.

The Roundtable Discussion gathered human rights and legal experts including the President of the African Court and other Judges of the same Court, a Judge from the East African Court of Justice, Registrar of SADC Tribunal as well as other practitioner lawyers and scholars.

Presentations made during the Roundtable Discussion were as follow with the respective names of presenters -

  • New Developments at the African Court - Hon. Lady Justice Sophia A.B Akuffo, President of the African Court on Human & Peoples’ Rights;
  • New Developments at the East African Court of Justice - Hon. Justice James Ogoola, Justice of Appeal: East African Court of Justice;
  • New Developments at the SADC Tribunal - Hon. Justice Charles Mkandawire, Registrar: SADC Tribunal;
  • Perspective on collaboration between East Africa Court of Justice and the African Court in fighting international crimes in Eastern Africa Region - Mr. Edigah Kavulavu, ICJ Kenya;
  • Perspective on collaboration between ECOWAS Court and the African Court in fighting international crimes in Western Africa Region -  Mrs. Osai Ojigho-Alliances for Africa, Nigeria;
  • Perspective on collaboration between SADC Tribunal and the African Court in fighting international crimes in Southern Africa Region - Mrs. Maureen Kondowe, SADC Lawyers Association;
  • Perspective for the establishment of international criminal jurisdictions at both African Court and sub-regional courts and their complementarity to the ICC’s work - Dr. Chacha Bhoke Murungu, University of Dodoma, Tanzania.


African Court Coalition and Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum Roundtable Discussion, 7 December 2013, Arusha, Tanzania.

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission during the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission, Banjul, The Gambia, October 2013

The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition) carried a successful advocacy mission in Banjul, the Gambia from 18 to 29 October 2013 in line with the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (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 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 state representatives during the Commission Session including state representatives from Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria and Zambia.

The African Court Coalition had an opportunity to give its statement before the African Commission whereby it encouraged AU member states which have not yet ratified the Protocol and/or deposit the Article 34(6) Declaration to do so.

The African Court Coalition participated in the NGOs Forum and the 28th African Human Rights Book Fair 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 9 new members were recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition community.

 


The Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition making a statement

 


The Executive Secretary of the Coalition (right) and the Nigerian representative at the African Commission Session

 

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Donations received will support the activities of the Coalition, in particular assisting young African interns to gain experience in the procedures of the African Court. The Coalition is committed to encouraging young lawyers and persons interested in the African human rights legal system. Contact the Secretariat for further information.

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