WHY: Some misconceptions about Africa and its engagement with peace, justice, and human rights have dominated the global narrative in recent years. But from a closer look at accountability processes on the continent since the early 1990s, the story about Africa’s commitment to international justice is very different.
Africa has indeed played a pioneering role in establishing courts with international criminal jurisdiction, spearheaded by advocates from civil society and the independent contributions of a number of governments. While the AU’s initiatives on ICJ give decision and policy makers a central role in the discussions, they also recognize the role of African civil society in promoting ICJ practice in Africa.
There have been some significant regional initiatives, such as the creation of the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal to try former Chadian President, Hissène
Habré, and the establishment of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS). These processes provide important opportunities for African civil society to engage with continental, regional, and national efforts to address impunity.
It is critical to build on the momentum generated by these simultaneous processes and promote civil society engagement with the Court. Therefore, the main objectives of this meeting are to:
Review victims’ statutory role and place in non-judicial and judicial African mechanisms;
Examine victims’ rights and access to justice in international courts; and
Develop a set of recommendations to improve the African Court on Human and
About the Organizers: TrustAfrica’s ICJ Fund aims to strengthen and support civil society efforts to advance domestic and regional accountability mechanisms. The CEAC works to ensure that the AcHPR and the African Commission are effective, accessible and credible, providing justice and a recourse to victims of human rights violations.
For accreditation to cover the Convening and any related queries, please contact:
Nadia Iya, TrustAfrica
Sophia Ebby, CEAC