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Call for proposals: Parallel reports to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Date: 5 October 2018

The International Commission of Jurists – European Institutions (ICJ-EI), the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in part implementation of their joint project on consolidating and enhancing civil society’s role in facilitating the transition from human rights standards to human rights practice in Africa are pleased announce the opening of this call for proposals in their ‘Support for the submission of Parallel
(Alternative or Shadow) reports to the African Human Rights Supervisory Mechanisms’ activity.

Eligibility: Civil Society Organisations, including Non- Governmental Organisation or Community Based
Organisations based in Angola, Botswana or Togo interested in submitting a parallel report on any of the country reports to be considered by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’
Rights at the October/November 2018 Session of the Commission. Geographic scope: Angola; Botswana and Togo
Maximum size of grant: €10,000

This project is funded by the European Union

Submission of proposals

Applicants must use a short proposal template, which will be forwarded by solomon.ebobrah@icj.org upon request. All proposals must be submitted to the same email address by 11 October 2018.

Purpose of the sub-grant

Grantees may apply the grant in the preparation of a parallel report. Examples of eligible costs are consultative meetings; payment of research or technical consultants; costs associated with the presentation of the report and advocacy in Banjul, such as travel and accommodation and layout and printing costs if the report is to be widely distributed. Funds cannot be used for salaries, office costs or other overheads..
No award will be made where applicants fail to satisfy the above criteria.

Queries can be directed to Solomon.ebobrah@icj.org.

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The South Africa Forum for International Solidarity (SAFIS) joins other progressive movements on the continent in expressing grave concern by the recent development in Kenya; SAFIS strongly condemns the acts of terrorism perpetrated in the Kenyan Westgate Mall to innocent people. These barbaric attacks have taken the lives of more than 60 people and left more than 200 wounded.

 

SAFIS is calling on the regional and Continental leaders to strengthen Terrorism Acts Early Warning Mechanisms so as to reinforce the protection of the people of our continent. It is very sad to notice that some heartless groups of people can just decide to act in a savage manner without any human remorse, stated Sipho Theys SAFIS Coordinator.

 

These barbaric acts cannot be tolerated on the Continent since the African Union has put in place some legal instruments for prevention and combating terrorism, says Médard Abenge. This mechanism was in response of the bombing and killing of more than 240 African people and several thousand injured in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salam in 1998.

 

Out of 54 AU member States, only 14 have ratified the AU Protocol on Prevention and Combating Terrorism. Kenya is among the State parties that signed this Panafrican legal instrument in 2008 but has not yet ratified it, informed Corlett Letlojane. We therefore urge the Kenyan Government to ratify this Protocol and implement it without any further delay. At the same time all other African Countries that have not yet signed or ratified this regional mechanism should do so without anymore delay.

 

Issued in Johannesburg on behalf of SAFIS on 23rd September 2013

 

For more information, contact:

Sipho Theys

SAFIS Coordinator

 

South Africa Forum for International Solidarity

Secretariat hosted by HURISA

Tel:   +27 (11) 333 1730

Fax:  +27 (11) 333 1735

Mob: +27 825000811

 

Email: sipho@safis.org.za

Web: www.safis.org.za

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