Banjul, 16 February 2021: IHRDA and Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) are organizing a human rights strategic litigation training and case-identification workshop from 16-18 February 2021 with twenty lawyers and human rights defenders in Sierra Leone.

The workshop seeks to equip local human rights defenders with knowledge and skills to engage in strategic litigation using international human rights instruments and mechanisms, notably within the context of the African human rights system, and to improve mechanisms for legal support to victims of human rights abuses in Sierra Leone.

Topics include an overview of human rights litigation in Africa; human rights concepts and terminology; African system of human rights protection (major treaties and enforcement mechanisms); litigating before the ECOWAS Court of Justice; special mechanisms of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR); the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), as well as how to acquire observer status before the ACHPR and ACERWC.

Participants will identify strategic cases of human rights violations which they would collaborate with IHRDA to take up for litigation.   

The workshop is funded by National Endowment for Democracy, USA.