African Court Coalition Banjul Advocacy Mission, April 2015

The African Court Coalition in collaboration with the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya) carried out a successful advocacy mission in Banjul, The Gambia from 13 to 25 April 2015 in line with the 56th Ordinary Session of 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 African Court 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 some state delegates during the Commission session including Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and South Africa.

The African Court Coalition participated in the NGOs Forum and the 29th African Human Rights Book Fare 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 disseminate the Coalition Advocacy Booklet. Fifteen (16) new members were also recruited to join the fast growing African Court Coalition in line with the African Court Coalition ‘Bring Two’ Campaign.

The advocacy mission was conducted by Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, the Executive Secretary of the African Court Coalition, Mr. Edigah Kavulavu, Programme Officer at ICJ-Kenya and Mrs. Tracy Davis Wilson, a Coalition’s individual member.

The African Court Coalition was financially support by Deutsche Gesellschaftfuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Sahli Fadel Maya (middle), Commissioner/special rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum seekers, IDPs and migrants in Africa. Second far left, Edigah Kavulavu, Programme Officer ICJ Kenya member of the Coalition with participants at the African Commission.

 

From left: Irene Petras (CEO of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights), Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Executive Secretary, African Court Coalition) and Blessing Gorejena (Zimbabwe NGO Forum, Southern Africa Focal Point) at the African Commission Session.

 

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