Archive | Pending Cases

IHRDA through its theme “defend” is providing legal representation for victims of human rights violations before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission). IHRDA also represents victims at domestic level and sub – regional judicial bodies.

Please find below the list of communications we have pending before the African Commission.

Case of mass rape, killing and looting in Minova, against DRC

We filed the communication before the ACHPR on 2 October 2018. The violations in this case occurred during military operations in a battle between DRC soldiers and rebels in November 2012. The case was filed on behalf of 1016 victims, including 115 women and 33 girls, who suffered many violations (torture, rape, killings, looting etc.) perpetrated […]

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Case of torture resulting in miscarriage, against DRC

We filed the complaint before the ACHPR on 24 September 2018. The case pertains to police arrest and torture of Cathy Basongo (member of the civil society group called Filimbi) in September 2016 following a sit-down protest organized by Filimbi to pressurize the electoral commission to publish the electoral calendar. During the incident, she was severely […]

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Gambia Public Order Act case

In September 2018, IHRDA filed a case against The Gambia before the ACHPR, challenging certain provisions of the Public Order Act which are in contravention of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights concerning the rights of freedom of assembly, association and expression.

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CHR, IHRDA, LHRC sue Tanzania before African Court for failing to protect persons with albinism

27 July 2018: The Centre for Human Rights – University of Pretoria (CHR), the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), and the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) have sued the United Republic of Tanzania before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights for its failure to ensure adequate protection of […]

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Legal action filed against Gambian Ex-Dictator by survivors of bogus HIV and AIDS “Cure” seeking compensation, recognition of human rights abuses in Gambian Courts, with support of IHRDA, Aids-Free World

May 31, 2018 – Three survivors of Yahya Jammeh’s fraudulent and destructive HIV and AIDS “treatment programme” have today filed a legal action in the High Court of The Gambia. Fatou Jatta, Ousman Sowe, and Lamin “Moko” Ceesay are suing the former Gambian president. They are seeking financial damages for harm suffered and a declaration […]

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IHRDA, Equality Now and partners sue Sierra Leone before ECOWAS Court for upholding policy that violates right to education of pregnant girls

Banjul, 17/05/2018 – The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), international women’s rights organisation Equality Now, and various human rights organizations in Sierra Leone have filed a legal case at the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Court) in Abuja, Nigeria, seeking to lift the ban on pregnant school girls […]

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Ebola Survivors, Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law file a human rights violation complaint in the ECOWAS Court against the Republic of Sierra Leone

18 December, 2017 Freetown, Sierra Leone. Two survivors of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, with support from the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, today filed a complaint with the ECOWAS Court of Justice claiming that the Government of Sierra Leone violated its citizens’ right to life and health by mismanaging funds […]

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Kadiatou Siby v Souleymane Siby, Tribunal de Grande Instance, Commune IV, Bamako District – Mali

In June 2016, IHRDA began collaborating with Malian NGO APDF to provide legal support to Kadiatou Siby, a widow whose right to inherit her husband’s property was violated by her brother-in-law, Souleymane Siby. Kadiatou’s husband died in 2013, and following her refusal to marry her husband’s brother, her family-in-law chased her from her home, and […]

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Case against the Democratic Republic of Congo before the African Commission, on collective rape during military operations

The case involves collective rape and was filed on 4 Oct 2016 before the African Commission by IHRDA in collaboration with Equality Now and Association of Women’s Human Rights Lawyers. The violations took place during a military operation in 2011 where roughly fifty women were victims of collective rape in front of their husbands and children, beatings, […]

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