The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability

The Africa Group is an independent group of senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, including political figures, members of international and domestic tribunals, and human rights advocates that came together in November 2015 to strengthen justice and accountability in Africa.

The Wayamo Foundation is the group’s secretariat and convener.

Our Mission

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability supports efforts to strengthen justice and accountability measures in Africa through domestic and regional capacity building, advice and outreach, and enhancing cooperation between Africa and the International Criminal Court.

Activities

Follow our activities by visiting the page of the Wayamo Foundation, our secretariat and convener.

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Chairperson
Fatiha Serour
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Fatiha Serour

Algeria
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Aïchatou Mindaoudou
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Aïchatou Mindaoudou

Niger
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Dapo Akande
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Dapo Akande

Nigeria
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Navi Pillay
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Navi Pillay

South Africa
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Catherine Samba-Panza
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Catherine Samba-Panza

Central African Republic
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Fatou Bensouda
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Fatou Bensouda

The Gambia
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Hassan Bubacar Jallow
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Hassan Bubacar Jallow

The Gambia
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Richard Goldstone
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Richard Goldstone

South Africa
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Betty Murungi
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Betty Murungi

Kenya
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Abdul Tejan-Cole
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Abdul Tejan-Cole

Sierra Leone

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Mohamed Chande Othman
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Mohamed Chande Othman

Tanzania
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Zainab Hawa Bangura
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Zainab Hawa Bangura

Sierra Leone

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Femi Falana
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Femi Falana

Nigeria
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Tiyanjana Maluwa
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Tiyanjana Maluwa

Malawi
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Athaliah Molokomme
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Athaliah Molokomme

Botswana

Our History

African nations and communities have been important players in the global struggle for the rule of law and the fight against impunity for international and transnational organised crimes. For decades, African states, diplomats, and community leaders have played critical roles in the development of international criminal justice. In recent years, however, the relationship between African states, the African Union and the international tribunals like the International Criminal Court (ICC) have become strained, the result of conflicting perceptions about the Court’s role and broader justice and accountability measures in Africa. To date, however, there has been no systematic effort to identify and develop means to overcome such challenges or to engage with the diverse concerns of African states.

The Africa Group came together in November 2015 to advance justice and accountability measures in Africa and focus on contentious issues such as the current ICC-Africa relationship. The Africa Group also aims to strengthen local accountability measures, such as domestic crime units for international crimes, hybrid courts, and regional justice initiatives.

One of the Africa Group’s unique features is its independence from governments, the ICC, and other organisations. This has been indispensable to the Group’s mandate.

The Africa Group meets on a regular basis across the continent and engages politicians, members of the judiciary, the media, students, and interested citizens.

The Kilimanjaro Principles

The Kilimanjaro Principles on International Justice and Accountability were first agreed to at the AGJA’s strategic meeting in Arusha, Tanzania on 17 October 2016.

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability will:

  1. Champion Justice and Accountability
    Promote efforts to ensure justice and accountability for perpetrators of international crimes.
  2. Enhance Complementarity by Building Capacity
    Enhance complementarity by providing expertise, promoting the establishment and strengthening of effective domestic and regional justice mechanisms.
  3. Support the International Criminal Court and Universal Ratification of the Rome Statute
    Encourage a positive and cooperative relationship between African states and the International Criminal Court as well as advocate universal ratification of the Rome Statute.
  4. Promote Facilitation, Mediation and International Cooperation
    Support international cooperation and offer independent expert advice, facilitation and mediation to African states, the African Union, the International Criminal Court, and the international community.
  5. Foster Transparency and Open Dialogue
    Foster open, transparent dialogue on the role and impact of international justice in Africa, provide open forums where African states, citizens and organisations can discuss African and global perspectives on justice and accountability.

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Activities

See our latest Statements in our statement archive, and follow our activities by visiting the Wayamo Foundation, our secretariat and convener.