Independent civil society actors and human rights defenders are key players in the African human rights system and the main drivers of social change at the national and local levels who monitor the application of international human rights standards, follow-up of the implementation of judgments, decisions and recommendations of African regional human rights mechanisms. They also contribute to the consolidation of States’ capacity to ensure implementation of regional and international human rights standards.
Available anecdotal evidence suggests that there is correlation between active participation of civil society and the effectiveness of the African human rights system within a given state. In states and sub-regions where a well-informed, vibrant and active civil society is present, there is a general tendency for State authorities to cooperate more with regional human rights mechanisms. While such well informed and vibrant civil society presence can generally be found in Anglophone and Francophone Africa, the same cannot equally be said about Lusophone Africa. This training is therefore one of the measures aimed at addressing this gap.
The workshop is also to equip Portuguese speaking civil society actors with added knowledge and skills for appropriate and more effective way of engaging with mechanisms of the African human rights system such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights especially in relation to strategic advocacy and litigation. This Training will serve as an induction especially for those HRDs with little or no prior experience engaging with the African human rights system
Themes/ Modules: African Human Rights Systems & Mechanisms, International Human Rights Systems & Mechanisms, Freedom of Assembly & Association.
Certificate: Certificates will be given to participants at the end of the training.