Roundtable – Lusaka, Zambia, 3 February 2011

Lusaka, Zambia, 3 February 2011

(Southern African Focal Point)

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum and the African Women Millennium Initiative, Zambia, organised a round table meeting on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The meeting was held on the 3 February 2011 in Lusaka, Zambia, under the theme “African Court: A common platform for the protection of human rights for African people”. Twenty-two participants participated in the meeting.

The meeting discussed the African Human Rights system and the role of Civil Society as well as coming up with some strategies for ratification as we move forward. Five facilitators made presentations on various topics.

Strategies and Recommendations:

  • There was need for capacity building for CSOs, particularly in documentation of human rights violations and also in terms of their role to strengthen democratic processes;
  • The CSO movement in Zambia has not been very active in utilising the African Human Rights Institutions and that there was need to constantly remind each other of these tribunals;
  • The Coalition researches on the possibilities of having a roving court and lobby the Court to consider such to encourage more participation by all citizens;
  • Civil society in Zambia with the assistance of the Coalition to come up with a lobby package which identifies the entry points and also drawing lessons from the four countries that have completed the ratification process as well as those that have ratified and are yet to deposit the declarations;
  • The national human rights commission needs to be empowered so that it can contribute meaningfully to the strengthening of the human rights system; as such CSOs need to lobby for the empowerment of their human rights commission; empowerment of the HR Commission;
  • CSOs need to continuously engage the government and it was noted that on this particular protocol, there is need to follow up on the meeting with the relevant ministries that is the ministry of Justice and Foreign Affairs. It was therefore agreed that the Coalition together with the organising partner in Lusaka should make the follow up;
  • CSOs to come up with a centralized tracking system on the developments happening in the Parliament, regarding international treaties;
  • CSOs to develop Advocacy modules on all the international treaties signed and or ratified by Zambia; These will target and engage the executive, parliamentarians and help in publicising and advising governments that more people know about it, encourage the movement of motions on parliament;
  • That the Awareness raising process has just begun. There was therefore the need to follow up on the meeting to strategise on how we are going to engage the government and Identify opportunities. AWOZIM undertook to organise the follow up meeting and will advise on whether they would need assistance from the Coalition.

Read Report (82kb PDF).

DRAFT PROGRAMME:

DURATION THURSDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2011
CHAIR Mary Mutupa, African Women Millennium Initiative in Zambia
SESSION 1 OPENING
0830 – 0900 REGISTRATION
0900 – 0915 Welcoming remarks, Introductions and purpose of Roundtable
Mary Mutupa, African Women Millennium Initiative in Zambia
0915 – 0930 Background to the Coalition
Blessing Gorejena, African Court Coalition
SESSION 2 THE AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM AND THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY
0930 – 0950 Overview of the African Court and the role of civil society
Lloyd Kuveya, Southern African Litigation Centre
0950 – 1010 The Relationship between the African Court and the African Commission: challenges for civil society
Mumba Malila, deputy chairperson, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
1010 – 1030 DISCUSSION
1030 – 1050 The role of civil society in strengthening the African human rights system – the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa
Matrine Chuulu, Women and Law in Southern Africa
1050 – 1110 Litigation in the African human rights system
Rangu Nyamurundira, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
1110 – 1130 DISCUSSION
COFFEE/TEA/HEALTH BREAK
SESSION 3 SUMMING UP, WAY FORWARD AND CLOSURE
1145 – 1215 Strategies for ratification and way forward
Blessing Gorejena, African Court Coalition (INTERACTIVE SESSION)
CLOSING  

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