Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights

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

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

The Coalition has some 200 members. The vision of the Coalition is a continent where victims of human rights violations have access to justice. In this regard, the Coalition seeks to ensure that the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is effective, independent, accessible and credible through training, education, information documentation and dissemination, research, advocacy, lobbying and networking. The Coalition believes in access to justice for all, particularly individuals and an independent judicial body. In light of the complementary relationship between the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) and the African Court, the Coalition aims to ensure that the African Commission is strengthened.

The Coalition’s General Assembly also elected its five geographic focal points and two thematic ones (for the Portuguese-speaking countries and on national human rights institutions) which will serve a three-year term. These focal points are: Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judicial and Legal Profession (North Africa Focal Point); Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (East Africa); Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (South Africa); Organisation Nationale de Droits de l’Homme du Sénégal (West Africa); Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (national human rights institutions focal point) and Association for Justice, Peace and Democracy (Luso-phone focal point).

The Executive Committee exercises an oversight function over the Secretariat and the Focal Points. The Focal Points are responsible for the implementation of the activities of the Coalition. The Co-ordinator (Executive Secretary once appointed) is responsible for overall management of the Secretariat and implementation of activities. The Executive Committee which comprises organisations from the five regions of Africa serves a three year term. The Focal Points also serve a three term.Member organisations are elected to these positions.

The General Assembly to take place in Mombasa on 22 October 2011 will see the election of Executive Committee and Focal Point representatives.

The Coalition was registered as an NGO in Tanzania in September 2007. It completed its first unqualified audit for 2009 as a registered entity. The 2010 audit was also unqualified. The Coalition publishes an annual activity and financial report and has observer status at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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