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On 13 January 2017, the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), an international NGO constituted by 130 organisations from 31 African countries, paid a courtesy visit to the Community Court of Justice to encourage the Court towards taking greater strides in its mandate of protection of the human rights of West African citizens and to establish ties of cooperation with the Court in the specific areas of protection of the rights of mine workers and land title holders.

ACCA is a coalition of organizations based in Africa supporting  communities and individuals whose human rights are adversely impacted daily by the activities of corporations, both multi-national and domestic. Other areas in which it expressed particular interest concerned protection of economic rights and rights to a healthy environment.


After a short presentation on the Court, the Honourable President commended the approach adopted by ACCA, for the reason that in the course of exercising its jurisdiction, the Court may have to establish partnership relations with bodies or organisations operating in the area of human rights protection.


He pointed out that the Court can play an important role in the protection of the rights of people who often become victims of the activities of extractive industries in Africa. He also emphasised that the Court is giving serious thought to the possibility of admitting amicii curiae to its hearings, so that specialised organisations or bodies can contribute to the Court’s procedures for resolving certain disputes.


The President of the Court finally suggested to the members of ACCA to lobby other regional bodies in Africa towards making human rights jurisdiction part of the mandate of their regional courts.