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Monday, September 21
 

10:00 GMT

Introduction to the African System of Protection of Human Rights
Objectives: The session aims at providing basic information regarding the African system of protection of human rights, its relationship with the African Union organs, its most important instruments and bodies. At the end of the session participants are expected to better understand the general framework for regional advocacy, the content of regional instruments, and the basic elements of the complex relationship and tensions between the human rights and the political systems.

Audience: The session is particularly indicated for human rights defenders with limited or no previous knowledge of the system, such as individuals who are interested in working in the system and/or are planning on attending the session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights for the first time.
Pre-requisite: Pre-registration for this session is required. The reading of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (http://www.achpr.org/files/instruments/achpr/banjul_charter.pdf) is recommended.
 
Methodology: The session will consist in an interactive presentation, with support of power point slides. Participants are strongly invited to interact with the facilitators.

Duration: 120 minutes
Outline:
  • Basic Documents: Constitutive Act of the African Union, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Maputo Protocol, Decision 1015 AU Executive Council
  • Structure of the African Union
  • Relationship between the political organs and the system of protection of human rights
  • The African Charter: its content and the limits in the exercise of rights
  • The Maputo protocol, the African Charter of the Rights & Wellbeing of the Child
  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and its mandate
  • The Commissioners and their role
  • The double nature of the African system: the African Commission and the African Court
  • The communication system (rudimentary notions, more advanced session is available for individuals interested in litigation)
 Contacts: Stefano Fabeni (stefano@synergiaihr.org), Berry Nibogora (berry@amsher.org), Zaharadeen Gambo (zaharadeen@synergiaihr.org)  

Speakers
avatar for Stefano Fabeni

Stefano Fabeni

Executive Director, Synergia Initiatives for Human Rights
avatar for Berry D. Nibogora

Berry D. Nibogora

Head of Programmes, AMSHeR
Fierce advocate of equality, non discrimination and social inclusion. We all belong here with the same entitlements.

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Monday September 21, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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10:00 GMT

Introduction to the Communication Procedure of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Learn about how to submit cases to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the rules on Admissibility, and the impact of the Commission’s new Rules of Procedure on the communications’ procedure.

Speakers
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Litigants Group

Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria


Monday September 21, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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13:00 GMT

Strengthening CSO Engagement with the ACHPR
Speakers
avatar for Dr Feyi Ogunade

Dr Feyi Ogunade

Executive Director, AU Watch
Dr Feyi Ogunade was previously a Senior Legal Advisor at the African Union leading work on the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa. In his 30 years as a (motivational) speaker, journalist, human rights activist, political commentator, international lawyer, university... Read More →

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Monday September 21, 2020 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
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Tuesday, September 22
 

10:00 GMT

Practical Steps for Advocacy before the ACHPR
Objectives: The session aims at providing practical information and skills for effectively carrying out advocacy before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. At the end of the session participants are expected to be more knowledgeable of the role and profiles of each Commissioner; to better understand what the concrete opportunities for advocacy are during the ordinary sessions of the African Commission and during the inter-session period; to be better equipped to directly engage with Commissioners during the session; to participate in the State reporting procedure ex art. 62 under the new Rules of Procedures.

Audience: The session is particularly indicated for human rights defenders with limited interaction and familiarity with the space and the context of African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. It is also useful for human rights defenders who are interested at elaborating specific advocacy strategies.

Pre-requisite: Pre-registration for this session is required (contact information below). Previous participation to the Introduction to the African human rights system (or basic understanding of the system, its instruments and organs) is recommended.

Methodology: The session will consist in an interactive presentation, with support of power point slides and examples based on experience of facilitators and other participants.

Duration: 120 minutes

Outline:
  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: the commissioners, their roles and their mandates
  • The ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and civil society participation
  • Civil society engagement: the NGO Forum
  • Advocacy before the African Commission: resolutions and recommendations
  • State reporting procedure
  • New Rules of Procedure and civil society alternative reports
  • The African Commission and the observer status for civil society
  • Advocacy during the inter-session period
  • Getting to know the Commissioners and practical ways to approach them
Contacts: Berry Nibogora (berry@amsher.org), Stefano Fabeni (stefano@synergiaihr.org), Zaharadeen Gambo (zaharadeen@synergiaihr.org).

Speakers
avatar for Stefano Fabeni

Stefano Fabeni

Executive Director, Synergia Initiatives for Human Rights
avatar for Berry D. Nibogora

Berry D. Nibogora

Head of Programmes, AMSHeR
Fierce advocate of equality, non discrimination and social inclusion. We all belong here with the same entitlements.

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Tuesday September 22, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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10:00 GMT

Art 59(3): Moving from Secrecy to Transparency: How to Build from the ACHPR’s New Rules of Procedure?
This session deliberates on how a restrictive interpretation of article 59(3) of the African Charter, specifically the word ‘considered’ in 59(3) convert an otherwise well-intentioned principle of confidentiality into a shroud of secrecy that cripples advocacy efforts relating to pending communications before the African Commission. We consider whether/how the ACHPR's New Rules of Procedure presents opportunities or entry points of moving from secrecy to strengthening transparency.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Japhet Biegon

Dr. Japhet Biegon

Amnesty International
Dr. Japhet Biegon is the Africa Regional Advocacy Coordinator at Amnesty International. He leads and coordinates the organization’s advocacy initiatives and engagement with African Union policy and human rights bodies. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights... Read More →
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Dr. Ruth Nekura

Human Rights and Gender Equality Consultant
Ruth Nekura is a human rights lawyer and socio-legal researcher with 10 years’ experience working in gender equality and women’s rights with a focus on law and policy reform, advocacy and program implementation. Her work involves conducting  gender analyses of laws and implementation... Read More →

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Tuesday September 22, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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13:00 GMT

The New ACHPR Rules of Procedure: Losses and Gains
Speakers
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Satang Nabaneh

Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Satang Nabaneh is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. She is also a member of the Panel of Expert of the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA).Satang holds the degrees LLD and LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation... Read More →
avatar for Marie Ramtu

Marie Ramtu

Coordinator, CIAC
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Prof Frans Viljoen

Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria



Tuesday September 22, 2020 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
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Wednesday, September 23
 

10:00 GMT

Report Launch: Resolution 275 after 6 years - An Assessment on its Application
Speakers
avatar for Ayodele Sogunro

Ayodele Sogunro

Manager of the SOGIESC Unit, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Ayodele Sogunro is the Manager of the SOGIESC Unit at the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He is a legal and policy analyst and human rights lawyer with over ten years of field and courtroom experience in human rights law and advocacy in the African... Read More →
avatar for Stefano Fabeni

Stefano Fabeni

Executive Director, Synergia Initiatives for Human Rights
avatar for Berry D. Nibogora

Berry D. Nibogora

Head of Programmes, AMSHeR
Fierce advocate of equality, non discrimination and social inclusion. We all belong here with the same entitlements.

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Wednesday September 23, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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13:00 GMT

CIAC Launch: Experiences from the African and InterAmerican Regional Human Rights System
Speakers
avatar for Viviana Krsticevic

Viviana Krsticevic

Executive Director, the Center for Justice and International Law
Viviana Krsticevic is the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), a civil society organization that works throughout the Americas to promote human rights through the use of international law and the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human... Read More →
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Donald Deya

Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Lawyers Union
Donald Deya is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pan African Lawyers Union, (PALU). He has keen interest in and has researched, spoken and written on `continental and regional integration; constitutionalism; democracy and good governance; the just rule of law and the promotion... Read More →
avatar for Marie Ramtu

Marie Ramtu

Coordinator, CIAC


Wednesday September 23, 2020 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
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Thursday, September 24
 

13:00 GMT

General Comment 7(d) of the Maputo Protocol: Reflections on three decades of a struggle to secure women’s property rights at divorce
Moderators
JN

Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu

Human Rights Watch

Speakers
avatar for Ambreena Manji

Ambreena Manji

Professor of Land Law and Development, Cardiff Law and Global Justice
I have been Professor of Land Law and Development at Cardiff since 2014. Before that, I was seconded to Nairobi as the Director of the British Academy's British Institute in Eastern Africa (2010-2014).My research is focused on Law and Society in Africa. It is strongly interdisciplinary... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Ingutiah

Jacqueline Ingutiah

Regional Coordinator, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Ms. Jacqueline Ingutiah is a human rights lawyer with over 15 years experience working on gender and human rights. Her particular interest has been engaging in interventions that promote the advancement of human rights for the vulnerable population.Between 2009 and 2015, when Ms... Read More →
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Seodi White

Chief Director, Public Sector Reforms in the Office of the Vice President, Ministry of Economic Planning and Public Sector Reforms in the Government of Malawi
Seodi White is a lawyer and is the Chief Director responsible for Public Sector Reforms in the Office of the Vice President, Ministry of Economic Planning and Public Sector Reforms in the Government of Malawi. She is  the technical lead in the public sector reforms agenda in the... Read More →
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Sheila Minkah-Premo

Managing Consultant, Apex Lawconsult
Sheila Minkah-Premo is a lawyer from Ghana in West Africa. She holds a law degree from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Masters in law (LL.M) from Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C., United States of America. She is the Managing Consultant of Apex Lawconsult, a... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2020 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
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Monday, September 28
 

10:00 GMT

Litigants Forum: Members Meeting
The Litigants Group is a network of about 70 organisations and individuals interested in strengthening the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The meeting is open to all.

Speakers
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Litigants Group

Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

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Monday September 28, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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Tuesday, September 29
 

10:00 GMT

Introducing Standard Operating Procedures of the Special Mechanisms of the ACHPR

BACKGROUND

Article 25 of the Rules of Procedures allows the African commission to create subsidiary mechanisms such as the Special Rapporteurs, Committees and Working Groups.

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) supplement the provisions of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission, and apply specifically to thematic Special Mechanisms.

The SOPs provide guidance on the general roles and responsibilities of mandate holders; the composition, appointment, tenure and conduct of mandate holders; and the working modalities of Special Mechanisms.

What should you expect - With new Rules of Procedures and the 2020 SOP of the ACHPR special mechanisms, what are the opportunities of engagement?

Working with the African commission on human and peoples’ rights (ACHPR) requires knowledge and savviness of how the body works as a whole as well as how its members operates between and during the sessions.

The Special mechanisms offer ample opportunities of engagement and knowing how their operate, their roles and limitation is key to the success of your advocacy!

Join us to dig deeper into the nitty-gritty of the mandate holders’ work!  

#ACSE

Speakers
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Rémy Ngoy Lumbu

Vice-Chairperson, ACHPR
avatar for Berry D. Nibogora

Berry D. Nibogora

Head of Programmes, AMSHeR
Fierce advocate of equality, non discrimination and social inclusion. We all belong here with the same entitlements.



Tuesday September 29, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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10:00 GMT

Women’s Platform: Members Meeting
The Women’s Platform is a space for people who would like to explore and engage in women’s rights advocacy before at the ACHPR. Members are supported to understand various mechanisms of the ACHPR and the kind of advocacy that can be pursued and other members can join and provide support the advocacy that is being pursued. Current projects include sexual harassment, resisting fundamentalisms and challenging anti-rights actors, implementation of Art 7(d) Maputo Protocol General Comment and an exploration of women’s labour rights work.
For more information about the platform and membership: Tiffany@the-isla.org 



Tuesday September 29, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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13:00 GMT

Using inclusive narratives around faith and tradition to support human rights advocacy on the continent
“Religious fundamentalisms are about the strategic use and misuse of religion by State and non-State actors to gain power and control. They are about the authoritarian manipulation of religion, as well as references to culture and tradition, rhetoric linked to sovereignty, and employment of patriarchal and absolutist interpretations of religion to achieve political, social and/or economic power. Across regions and religious contexts, fundamentalisms seek to employ references to religion, culture, and tradition to justify violence and discrimination”. In the context of the ACHPR, African tradition and culture is often treated as monolithic and static, and faith as intrinsically opposed to the rights of sexual and gender minorities in Africa. Civil society-based advocacy opposing these narratives is weak and scattered, even from stakeholders who make use of the power and impact of faith and cultural traditions to counteract anti-rights narratives. We will thus use this side event to discuss the ways in which inclusive faith-based advocacy can integrate with other advocacy strategies by CSOs (for example, around decriminalisation) to amplify their voice and undermine these limiting narratives. This event will aim to bring together speakers with many years of experience of reframing the discourse on the continent to highlight stories demonstrating how faith and tradition can be used to support human rights advocacy. These stories will also demonstrate that African culture and tradition is not monolithic, but instead is fluid and contested. We aim for these new strategies to further develop CSO advocacy and the democratic nature of the ACHPR.

Moderators
Organizations
TG

The Global Interfaith Network For People of All Sexes, Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expressions

GIN is a global network of LGBTIQ++ people of faith who use their faith traditions as a source of insight and energy to advocate for the human rights of LGBTIQ++ people globally. GIN has a specific focus on what we call Key Affected Contexts, places where violence and power collude... Read More →



Tuesday September 29, 2020 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
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Wednesday, September 30
 

10:00 GMT

CIAC Members Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Marie Ramtu

Marie Ramtu

Coordinator, CIAC


Wednesday September 30, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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10:00 GMT

Covid19 and Access to Civic Space: Is it time to rethink the African Youth Advocacy?
For a long time, The participation of young people at ACHPRs has been marked by more than one conversation, resolution, and action on the continent. With all the changes and rethinking happening with the COVID-19 pandemic; It's about time that the African youth movement (with a focus on African Queer Youth) envision what Advocacy at ACHPRs means in terms of access to civic space in the era of virtualization and where to go next. This session is about exploring the current situation of African Youth engagement and advocacy for access to civic spaces in an era of a global pandemic. Particularly with the ACHPRs space as it evolves around the need to effectively engage in influencing governments' decisions. How access to civic spaces can still be made a priority and safe for young people? What good does global virtualization bring to Youth Advocacy? This session will be conducted as a panel discussion between youth activists. The panellist will answer a couple of questions to share perspectives on how African Youth can improve the advocacy to be inclusive and provide safe access to civic space, including the ACHPRs in a time like this.

Moderators
Speakers
WA

Wiem Askri

Weema Askri is a non-binary queer, LGBTIQ+ activist from Tunisia, they are passionate about empowering the LGBTQIA+ community in Tunisia and Africa and raising awareness about their issues.They are finishing their last year to obtain a bachelor degree in management, majoring in small... Read More →


Wednesday September 30, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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13:00 GMT

Disability Rights in Africa: How DPOs can Engage the African Commission
Disability rights in Africa has not gained the momentum that it requires. In January 2018, the AU General Assembly adopted the Protocol to Disability Rights in Africa. Unfortunately, to date that protocol has not gained the requisite the ratification for it to be in force. This can be partly blamed by lack of disabled peoples organisations (DPOs) participating in the African Commission Sessions. The purpose of this panel is to discuss how DPOs can engage the African Commission. Importantly, this panel will discuss how DPOs can engage state parties for ratification of the protocol.  

Moderators
Speakers
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Validity Foundation

Validity Foundation


Wednesday September 30, 2020 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
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Thursday, October 1
 

10:00 GMT

SOGIESC: The Future of Advocacy at the African Commission
Adoption of Resolution 275 has been a landmark objective and result for the LGBTIQ+ advocacy before the African system of protection of human rights. While, on the one hand, resolution 275 increased the opportunities for engagement with the system and for advocacy at domestic level, on the other hand, Executive Council's Decision 1015 and the choice of the African Commission to comply and withdraw the observer status to the Coalition of African Lesbians constituted a significant backlash.

Also, following the adoption of Resolution 275, different advocacy initiatives in the regional system have been less coordinated.

This session aims at bringing together activists engaging (or interested to engage) in regional advocacy to discuss on the following issues:
1. Is the current advocacy before the African system effective?
2. Is resolution 275 utilized to its full potential and is civil society using all mechanisms?
3. If not, what is left out? What needs to be strengthened
4. Who is doing what?
5. Is more coordination between different initiatives and partnerships needed?

To learn more about SOGIESC advocacy before the African Commission, please Watch the movie "The Commission - From Silence to Resistance" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq0Pu7Nq6MQ

*Please note that this session is primarily for SOGIESC activists who are carrying out advocacy at the African Commission*



Thursday October 1, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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10:00 GMT

Disability Rights in Africa: A Critical Look at Impact of Litigation and Regional Mechanisms
The Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was recently adopted but yet to be ratified. This was after years of advocacy and litigation by DPOs in various African countries. This session will hosted by a Panel of lawyers from 5 African countries discussing strategic litigation and impact on disability rights, new opportunities created by the Protocol and challenges.

Moderators
FM

Felicia Mburu

Validity Foundation
Felicia Mburu holds a LLB from Moi University, Kenya and Masters in International Legal Studies specializing in Human Rights Law from American University, Washington College of Law, USA. Felicia is interested in using law to pursue gender justice and the intersection with rights of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Japhet Biegon

Dr. Japhet Biegon

Amnesty International
Dr. Japhet Biegon is the Africa Regional Advocacy Coordinator at Amnesty International. He leads and coordinates the organization’s advocacy initiatives and engagement with African Union policy and human rights bodies. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights... Read More →
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Anneke Meerkotter

Litigation Manager, Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Anneke Meerkotter is a qualified attorney with B.Proc and LL.B. degrees from the University of the Western Cape and a M.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. She has engaged in public interest litigation, research and policy reform on a wide range of human rights aspects... Read More →
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Derrick Kizza

Director, Mental Health Uganda
Derrick Kizza is the Executive Director at Mental Health Uganda (MHU), a non-government organisation of people with a lived experience of mental health problems. MHU is the biggest membership organisation of people with mental health problems in Africa with over 20,000 members. For... Read More →
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Esther Akua Gyamfi

International and Comparative Disability Law Policy
Esther holds a master’s degree in International and Comparative Disability law Policy. Esther has been instrumental on shaping regional conversations on Article 12 of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Esther currently works with the National Council for... Read More →


Thursday October 1, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
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11:00 GMT

Using Regional and International Mechanisms to Advance SOGIE: Litigation?
Regional and International Human Rights Systems have been used to advance and protect people whose rights are violated on the basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE). While there have been successes in the African Human Rights System including the adoption of Resolution 275, the backlash experienced in 2015 when the African Union’s executive council demanded the withdrawal of a lesbians’ organisation, CAL, observer status stagnated advocacy at the ACHPR. How have international and other regional mechanisms engaged with SOGIE? What are the key lessons, if any, when seeking to reinvigorate SOGIE advocacy? If litigation were to be the next frontier what are the key considerations and potential strategies for the first cases?

Speakers
avatar for Sibongile Ndashe

Sibongile Ndashe

Executive Director, The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa
avatar for Victor Madrigal

Victor Madrigal

Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, United Nations Human Rights Council
In late 2017 the United Nations Human Rights  Council appointed Mr. Madrigal-Borloz as UN Independent Expert on Protection  against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity  for a three years period starting on 1 January 2018. In this capacity... Read More →


Thursday October 1, 2020 11:00 - 13:00 GMT
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Friday, October 2
 

13:00 GMT

The Role of the ACHPR towards Promoting Women's Rights and COVID 19
The panel will be in line with year's Commission's special emphasis on the impact of COVID-19 on the different stakeholders and actors working to protect and promote human rights on the continent, including their own interventions and State Parties, highlighting the actions they have taken in response to the pandemic.  

The panel seeks to deepen and inform popular understanding of the African Human Rights System namely: i) African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR); ii) African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); iii) African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) and iv) the African Union on their contribution to the well being and promotion of women and girls rights in Africa during the pandemic.

Namely the panelists will address and provide recommendations on the Maputo Protocol: effects of COVID 19 to socio-economic; right access to information; right to health aright to education and silencing the guns.

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Friday October 2, 2020 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
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14:00 GMT

Closing Session: New Brooms? Introduction to the new Secretary and Commissioners
Over the past months, significant changes occurred within the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. Four new Commissioners were sworn in during the 28th Extra-Ordinary Session of the ACHPR on June 29th-July 1st, 2020; before then, an acting Executive Secretary was appointed.

The closing session of the ACHPR CSOs Side Events will offer an unique opportunity to virtually meet the new Commissioners and hear from them about their mandate and their reflections on the ACHPR.


Moderators
avatar for Prof Frans Viljoen

Prof Frans Viljoen

Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

Speakers
AA

Alexia Amesbury

Commissioner and Chair, Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa; Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV, ACHPR
RN

Rémy Ngoy Lumbu

Vice-Chairperson and Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, ACHPR
MZ

Mudford Zachariah Mwandenga

Commissioner and Chair, WG on ESC Rights, ACHPR
ML

Marie Louise Abomo

Commissioner and Chair, WG on Older People and People with Disability, ACHPR
NG

Ndiamé Gaye

Commissioner and Chair, WG Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa, ACHPR

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Friday October 2, 2020 14:00 - 16:00 GMT
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