Thematic Entry Points
Recognizing the limited capacity of most civil society groups of persons with albinism, the Africa Albinism Network 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 AAN 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
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