Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the 63rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and 37th African Human Rights Book
Paradise Suites Hotel – Banjul, The Gambia │ 20 – 22 OCTOBER, 2018
The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) will hold the Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the 63rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and 37th African Human Rights Book Fair from the 20th – 22nd October 2018, at the Paradise Suites Hotel – Kololi, The Gambia.
The Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the Ordinary Sessions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission), also known as the ‘NGOs Forum’ is an advocacy platform coordinated by the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies to promote advocacy, lobbying and networking among and between human rights NGOs, for the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa. The bi-annual event, which precedes the Ordinary Session of the ACHPR, is an advocacy platform for discussing human rights issues in Africa with a view of identifying possible strategies for engagement or redress, which are forwarded to the African Commission as contribution to its work during a said Session. The NGOs Forum shares updates on the human rights situation in Africa by the African and international NGOs community with a view of identifying responses as well as adopting strategies towards improving the human rights situation on the continent.
Its objective is mainly to foster closer collaboration between and among NGOs and with the African Commission and other African human rights mechanisms, for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights in Africa.
The African Union adopted the Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption in Africa on 1st July, 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique. The Convention entered into force on 5th August, 2006 and has been ratified by 38th Member States (as at 2017). However, the implementation of the Convention, like many others instruments remains a challenge. In a bid to engage the civil society representatives on such an important continental discussion, the October 2018 session of the NGOs Forum will focus on the issue of Corruption. The discussions will assist in exploring the potential of greater alliance building and broader networking by CSOs and existing AU organs in order to register stronger results that are viable and sustainable in combatting corruption in Africa.
The NGOs Forum would cover topics centered on the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption: Winning or Losing the Fight and other thematic areas namely: Status of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, Special Interest Groups Discussions and Networking for Human Rights in Africa.
The Forum will be officially opened by Honorable Miarom Begoto, Chairperson of the African Union Board on Anti-Corruption and will consist of about 300 participants from African civil society/NGOs, international NGOs from Africa and beyond working on youth, democracy, human rights and the rule of law issues, academia, media, etc.
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