Training on Human Rights Mechanisms for Civil Society Actors in Africa

Published on HURIDOCS, July 18, 2011.

The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have worked closely together over the years in the building of capacities of NGOs in the form of supporting participation in the NGOs Forums preceding the Ordinary Sessions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights ACHPR.

As the building of capacity and sharing of knowledge and skills is a crucial component of both organisation’s work, the African Centre in collaboration with the OHCHR will organise training programme on international and regional human rights mechanism.


The main objective of the training programme is to build the capacity of representatives of African human rights NGOs with knowledge and skills to effectively use the African human rights and international system in their work towards human rights promotion and protection on the continent.

At the end of the training course, participants would also participate in the NGOs Forum (Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights) as well as the public sessions of the African Commission. This is to enable participants gain first hand knowledge in the practical and theoretical application of the one of the most important regional human rights    mechanism, i.e. the    African Commission and at the same time provide the platform to practice their newly gained skills. In addition, the training programme is designed to enable participants to acquire in-depth understanding of the interaction and complementarities of the regional and international human rights systems.

Expected Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants will be:

  • Equipped to engage the African Commission, the African Court (apply for observer status, file complaints/cases, make statements at Commission’s sessions etc) and the UN
  • Meet in person and forge relationship with the Commissioners and Special Rapporteurs of the Commission
  • Opportuned to network with a wide range of civil society organisations on issues of common interest
  • Equipped with increased knowledge in advocacy and lobbying strategies

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… All applications and enquiries should be sent by email.

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