Thematic Entry Points

Capacity Building

Recognizing the limited capacity of most civil society groups of persons with albinism, the Independent Expert wishes to work with them in order to increase their knowledge of national and international avenues for addressing the obstacles faced by persons with albinism in fully enjoying their human rights. In particular, the Independent Expert, in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, aims to engage in capacity building which includes training on human rights and also opportunities to put training into practice in various national, regional and international forums, such as engagement with the national human rights commission, the AU commission on human and peoples’ rights and the UN human rights council and its mechanisms.


The barriers to guaranteeing the right of access to justice for persons with albinism who have been victims of human rights violations include:

  • Civil Society working on the issue are generally unaware of:
    • Human rights and how to use the concept in framing the violations and discrimination they face.
    • The duties of States corresponding to human rights and how to hold the State accountable including following up on recommendations and human rights standards.
    • Due to the above issues, an inability to use opportunities nationally, regionally and internationally to advocate for their rights in an effective manner.


  • Human rights based on key conventions including the CRPD
  • Access to justice under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, ICCPR and the CRPD
  • Gender related standards and norms in the Maputo Protocol, CEDAW and select national laws
  • Legal remedies and redress under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (“African Charter”), the ICCPR and select national laws
  • Build the capacity of the newly-minted regional forum on albinism as a core group of advocates and eventually trainers of trainers to encourage ownership of the issue and sustainability of advocacy


  • Pilot training with select participants to test the curriculum
  • Adaptation of the curriculum to feedback from pilot
  • Sub-regional training to allow smaller number of participants/better instructor-to-participant ratio to enable understanding. Sub-regional training will occur in each of the 3 regional economic communities of Africa to open avenues for collaborative engagement at each of the ECOWAS, EAC and SADC
  • Selection of participants to participate in advocacy at national, regional and international human rights mechanisms


This thematic area will contribute to the following targets of the regional action plan:

A. Prevention Measures1.4
B. Protection Measures5.1
C. Accountability Measures
D. Equality & Non-Discrimination2.7;2.8

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