The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) hosted a two-day meeting of PANAF Steering Committee in the Gambia from 25-26 July 2019, at Senegambia Beach Hotel.

The project consortium comprises the International Commission of Jurists – European Institutions (ICJ-EI), ICJ – Kenya Section, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS).

The meeting is part of the implementation of the DEVCO project entitled: “Consolidating Civil Society’s Role in the Transition from African Human Rights Standards to Practice”.

This is a three-year project funded by the European Union and implemented in collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs), including women’s groups, youth and human rights defenders (HRDs), trade unions, justice sector actors, media practitioners and African Union (AU) institutions and mechanisms especially Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The goal of this project is threefold:

(1) to strengthen and increase the ability of civil society organisations to use AU mechanisms for human rights protection and promotion;
(2) to increase citizen awareness of AU human rights mechanisms for implementation and compliance at both national and community levels;
(3) to strengthen national and regional responses to displaced persons and other vulnerable populations.

As current main achievements of the project, CSOs have contributed, enhanced protection mechanisms for vulnerable groups especially displaced persons, and advocated for effective implementation of African human rights system at national and continental levels.

For more information, please contact the African Centre on +220 4462338/4462340

Email: Mr John Gbenagnon (Communication and Information Officer) atcommunications@acdhrs.org

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