Banjul, 10 September 2019

IHRDA, in collaboration with East Africa Child Rights Network, is organizing a 3-day child rights strategic litigation training and case-identification workshop for about thirty lawyers and civil society organizations in East and Horn of Africa.

The workshop runs from 10 – 12 September 2019 in Mombasa, Kenya

Topics covered include concepts of human rights and child rights; the normative content of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; Rights of Children Affected by Armed Conflict; procedures before the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and Observer Status with the ACERWC. Discussions will also touch on other African regional mechanisms for child rights protection (the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights); challenges to the enjoyment of child rights in East and Horn of Africa; strategic litigation of child rights in Africa and the ACERWC litigation toolkit, as well as States and Supplementary Reports. 

The workshop will culminate in a session to identify suitable cases with potential for high impact, in which IHRDA and relevant participants will eventually follow up and file for litigation before the relevant regional mechanism.

The workshop comes in a context where an alarming gap remains between policymaking and policy implementation, with serious implications on the achievement of child rights in African countries. Almost all African nations have ratified international and regional human rights treaties that are meant to protect the rights and welfare of children; yet, ratification does not often  get translated into effective implementation. Consequently, harmful customs and practices affecting children continue to prevail across the continent.

This activity falls within the framework of the African Children’s Charter Project coordinated by Plan International.