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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
20 September 2017 The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Mali-based partner Association pour le Progrès et la Défense des Droits des Femmes au Mali (APDF) have recently sued the Republic of Mali before the ECOWAS Court of Justice for failing to protect the matrimonial rights of a Malian woman. The […]
IHRDA and l’Observatoire Congolais des Droits de l’Homme (OCDH) on 22 March 2017 filed a case before the African Commission, on behalf of the family of Sylvain Banombi, against Republic of Congo concerning the torture and death of Sylvain Banombi which occurred while he was in police custody in 2008. The case had been pending […]
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, […]
On 25 Aug 2016, IHRDA and local partners in Burundi filed a case against Burundi before the ACHPR addressing extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and torture against eight victims during and after the protests that took place in Burundi following the president’s announcement that he intended to run for a third term in April 2015. Updates 27 […]
IHRDA in collaboration with RFK Human Rights filed the case before the African Commission in December 2015 which addresses violations of the right to vote resulting from the restrictions in the political space in Ethiopia in the run up to the parliamentary elections held in May 2015, particularly the restrictions on press freedom and the […]
IHRDA and local partner Les Mêmes Droits pour Tous (MDT) filed this case on 9 August 2016 against the Republic of Guinea before the ECOWAS Court. The suit relates to acts of torture inflicted on a Guinean national by Gendarme forces in 2011 while in custody. Following the acts of torture, the victim sustained serious […]
Overview This case was filed before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 26 July 2016, and demands that the African Court should urge Mali to amend its laws to align with the provisions of the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol). Article 6 […]