The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) will organize the Forum on the Participation of NGOs (also known as the NGOs Forum) in the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the 29th African Human Rights Bookfair.
The Forum fosters closer collaboration and co-operation among NGOs, and with the African Commission for promotion and protection human rights in Africa; provide a discussion platform for organizations working on democracy and human rights issues in the continent; promote inter-regional and organizational networking for the implementation of decisions of the Forum as contained in the ACHPR Communiqué amongst others.
The last Forum held in Banjul, The Gambia in October, 2013 during the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission. The Forum was a resounding success with over 300 participants, coming from civil society organization and NGOs in Africa and beyond, inter-state organizations, the academia, and so on.
At the end of the Forum, Resolutions and Recommendations were forwarded to the African Commission for its consideration during the 54th Ordinary Session.
The 29th African Human Rights Book Fair which will be held concurrently will enable NGOs network and initiate or renew, the exchange of materials and information, as well as to publicize their activities.
The Forum will cover three (3) main thematic areas namely:
Theme I: Status of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa
Theme II: Special Interest Groups
Theme III: Networking for Human Rights
All participants to the Forum are expected to meet the full cost of their participation, including a registration fee of US$100.00 (one hundred United States Dollars) or its equivalent in Angolan Kwanza by ALL participants in cash at the registration desk on Thursday, 24th April, 2014.
Please note that pre-registration online is a MUST as details provided would be forwarded by the ACDHRS to the ACHPR well in advance to facilitate the issue of personalized invitation letters which will facilitate the visa issue process (see more on visa below).
Failure to comply might lead to challenges with visa acquisition and the African Centre would not be held responsible.