IHRDA-OSIWA fund litigants to plead case before African Commission

IHRDA, with the support of Open Society Institute for West Africa (OSIWA), was pleased to support the Southern Cameroons Peoples Organisation (SCAPO) to travel to the just concluded 49th Ordinary Session of the African Commission held in Banjul, The Gambia (Apr 28-May 12 2011). SCAPO has been a complainant before the ACmHPR since 2003 and has filed 2 communications: 266/03 Kevin Ngumne v Cameroon and 337/07 Kevin Ngumne v Cameroon.

The ACmHPR issued its decision on 266/03 Kevin Ngumne v Cameroon in 2009. However, the complainants have filed for a review of the decision on the merits.  SCAPO is also following consideration of communication 337/07 Kevin Ngumne v Cameroon. Both communications relate to aspects of the exercise of self-determination for Southern Cameroon.

SCAPO was funded under OSIWA’s Legal Defence Fund which is administered by IHRDA. The fund aims to facilitate attendance of African Commission sessions for litigants before the African Commission and forms part of our commitment to actualising access to justice. The fund is open to litigants (individuals and civil society organisations) from ECOWAS member states, as well as Cameroon and Mauritania.

Further funding will be available for the African Commission’s 50th Ordinary Session to be held from 24 October to 7 November 2011.

Find out more on the Legal Defence Fund at http://www.ihrda.org/legal-defence-fund/




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