PANAF Project Steering Committee Meeting

By John GBENAGNON – PANAF Communications Officer

24 – 25 May 2018, Addis Ababa/Ethiopia

Project Objective
Consolidating civil society’s role in facilitating the transition from human rights standards into human rights practice through Africa-wide interventions. (March 2017 – March 2020)
Specific objectives
SO1: to strengthen and increase the ability of civil society organizations to use AU mechanisms for human rights protection and promotion
SO2: to increase citizen awareness of AU human rights mechanisms for implementation and compliance at both national and community levels
SO3: strengthened national and regional responses to displaced persons and other vulnerable populations.

Target group(s)
Civil society organisations, including youth organisations, women’s human rights organisations and movements, national human rights and adjudicatory institutions, human rights defenders (HRDs), refugees, internally displaced persons, media organisations, academics, research institutions, AU human rights institutions (Commission, Court, Committee of Experts on Rights of the Child and Pan African Parliament), AU sub-regional institutions

Final beneficiaries
Men, women, youth, children in Africa, especially vulnerable populations.

Estimated results
ER1: CSOs contribute effectively to human rights implementation through utilising the AU human rights mechanisms; ER2: CSOs contribute to enhanced awareness and implementation of the African human rights system at national and continental levels; ER3: CSOs effectively enhance protection mechanisms for vulnerable groups, especially displaced persons

Main activities
Training for civil society and adjudicatory authorities on understanding AU human rights system and mechanisms; Support for linking regional economic community human rights mechanisms with AU mechanisms; Training national actors to understand application of regional instruments. Research and publications on emerging human rights issues, effectiveness of CSOs’ participation in mechanisms, special mechanisms, procedural and substantive issues, annual state of human rights reports in Africa, annual report on state of implementation of decisions of AU mechanisms and institutions on human rights. Support through sub-grants and technical assistance to CSOs for human rights information dissemination through innovative platforms, intersession follow-up on decisions of the AU mechanisms. Support advocacy initiatives, including attendance of targeted youths, HRDs, women’s rights organizations, and trade unions from selected countries before the AU human rights mechanisms and making of submissions. Development of model laws on domestication of the AU instruments, litigation; bringing of petitions before the AU commissions and courts to increase access to justice for citizens Support; policy formulation on specific marginalised and vulnerable groups such as refugees and IDPs.

For further information or clarifications, please contact:; Mrs. Hannah Forster, Executive Director, Tel: +220 4462341.

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