General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest policy-making body which meets every three years to elect the Executive Committee and Focal Points.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprising of nine members, provides guidance on policy and strategic advocacy to the Secretariat and oversight on activities.

The current Executive Committee consists of the following member organisations: –

  • Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (Chairperson)
  • Centre pour la Promotion de la Démocratie et le Défense des Droits de I’Homme (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Avocats Sans Frontières-Senegal
  • Centre des Droits de l’Homme et du Développement
  • East Africa Law Society
  • Pan-African Lawyers Union
  • Southern Africa Litigation Centre
  • Tanganyika Law Society

Focal Points

There are five geographical Focal Points of Africa, namely East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, North Africa and two thematic focal points, namely National Human Rights Institutions and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Focal points, in addition to attending events at AU level, will also attend summits and pre-summit civil society activities of the Regional Economic Communities in order to raise awareness on the African Court, to recruit members from the subregion and raise key issues relating to the protection of human and peoples’ rights.

The current Focal Points are as follows: –

  • Centre d’Information et de Documentation sur les Droits de l’Enfant et de la Femme, Algiers, Algeria (North Africa)
  • Associação Justiça, Paz e Democracia, Luanda, Angola (Lusophone)
  • Association de Droits de l’Homme et l’Univers Carcéral, Brazzaville, Congo (Central Africa)
  • Somaliland Lawyers Association, Hargeisa, Somaliland (East Africa)
  • Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, Banjul, the Gambia (National Human Rights Institutions)
  • Legal Defence and Assistance Project, Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa)
  • Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Harare, Zimbabwe (Southern Africa)

Sub-Committees

Finance and Administration Sub-Committee:

  • East Africa Law Society
  • Pan-African Lawyers Union
  • Tanganyika Law Society

Membership Sub-Committee:

  • Centre des Droits de l’Homme et du Développement
  • Southern Africa Litigation Centre

Legal Affairs Sub-Committee:

  • Avocats Sans Frontières-Senegal
  • Pan-African Lawyers Union

Secretariat

The Secretariat which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, has a team structured with one department and three programs: The Finances and Administration Department, Advocacy and Capacity Building Program, Researches, Litigations and Publications Program and Internship Program.

The Focal Points and the Secretariat constitute the implementing arm of the Coalition.

Constitution and Strategic Plan

The Coalition’s Constitution was adopted and the organisation was formally registered as an NGO in Tanzania in September 2007.

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