African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission on the margins of the 24th AU Summit
The Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court Coalition) carried a successful advocacy mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 19 to 31 January 2015 prior and during the 24th 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 African Court 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 African Court Coalition attended meetings organised by NGOs in the margin of the African Union Summit.
The African Court Coalition was able to meet with different embassies and representatives of the African Union in Addis Ababa and these include;
• Representative of the Department of Political Affairs
• Legal Counsel of the African union
The embassies included;
• The Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo
• The Embassy of Senegal
• The Embassy of Cameroon
During the Mission, the African Court Coalition distributed materials, these being the African Court Coalition Publication and the African Court Protocol Advocacy Booklet.
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.
This Advocacy Mission was financially supported by the African Court Coalition Membership Fees.
From left to right: Mr Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Executive Secretary, African Court Coalition) with the ambassador of Senegal, H.E. Ambassador Mr. Bassiron Sene and the Embassy Counsel.