PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ICNL AND CIDH TO RESHAPE CIVIC SPACE IN NORTH AFRICA
The International Center For Not- For- Profit Law (ICNL) has signed a partnership with the Independent Commission for Human Rights in North Africa (CIDH) to strengthen the promotion and protection of association and assembly rights in North Africa by increasing engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs) with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and its mechanisms and legal/policy instruments.
The main objective of the project is to enhance the knowledge and capacity of North African CSOs to engage with the ACHPR and its special mechanisms, particularly by using the ACHPR Guidelines on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa (the ACHPR Guidelines) and to strengthen work on Freedom of Association and Assembly at national and regional levels.
The Specific objectives of this project are to: (1) Strengthen understanding among key stakeholders and the broader public on how to use the ACHPR Guidelines to protect and promote civic space in North Africa; (2) Build the capacity of civil society, human rights defenders and policymakers to advocate for a rights-based approach in developing, assessing and implementing laws affecting freedoms of association and assembly; (3) To encourage the use of the Guidelines in the development of laws and policies related to the freedoms of association and assembly in North Africa.
Further to this initiative, CIDH effectively contributed in the NGOs Forum of the African CSOs which is held annually by ACDHRS. The report and recommendations from this forum are submitted during ACHPR ordinary sessions. CIDH and its partners have submitted various communications to the ACHPR Commission denouncing violations of women rights, freedom of expression, freedom of association and assembly rights. CIDH has been highly involved in leading grassroots initiative for freedom of expression, association and assembly in North Africa.