On 11 January 2017, in the wake of the 12th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue, the EU signed a 1.8 million EUR grant contract with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP). The initiative is part of a series of 5 projects the EU is funding under a 10 million EUR action aimed at 'Strengthening the African Human Rights System' under the Pan-African Programme (PANAF).
The 'signing ceremony' of the award took place in Brussels in the presence of Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the Pan-African Parliament, as well as Koen Doens, Director for Development Coordination East and Southern Africa in the European Commission and Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Delegation for relations with the PAP.
The main objective of the initiative is to ensure that all AU Member States ratify, domesticate and implement the AU legal instruments in the field of good governance and human rights. The cooperation with Regional Economic Communities (RECs), national and regional Parliaments and the African Union Commission (AUC) is crucial to effectively address this objective by using the PAP's oversight, advisory and consultative functions. The contract also covers the cooperation with the European Parliament (EP) and the formulation of model laws in the field of good governance and human rights.
The other grant contracts were signed with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR). A last contract provides support to these four thematic contracts via a Technical Assistance team.
More information: Joint press release