The State Of the Union Coalition: CISLAC is Nigeria’s Implementing Partner

The State Of the Union Coalition: CISLAC is Nigeria’s Implementing Partner

SOTUlogoState of the Union (SOTU) is a coalition of 10 civil society organizations that advocate for the ratification, domestication and implementation of key African Union (AU) treaties and legal instruments. They range from governance, political, social and economic rights, to peace and security and development. Fourteen of them – 10 legal instruments, 4 policy standards – if implemented have tremendous promise for the lives of millions of Africans.

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is Nigeria’s implementing partner of the SOTU project.

Coalition members are:

  • Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) – Tunisia
  • Centre Civil Society Learning and Capacity Building (CESC) – Mozambique
  • Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) – Nigeria
  • Collectif des Ligues et Association de Defense des Droits de I’Homme au (CLADHO) – Rwanda
  • Eye for Development (EFD) and Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) – Malawi
  • Fahamu – Kenya
  • Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) – South Africa
  • Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Ghana
  • La Rencontre Africaine pour la Defense des Droits de I’Homme (RADDHO) – Senegal
  • Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme (NDH) – Cameroon
  • Oxfam

The 10 Legal Instruments that SOTU is working on are:

  1. African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Africa (1981);
  2. African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007);
  3. The Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (1991);
  4. Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to the Pan-African Parliament;
  5. African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (2003);
  6. African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; Africa Health Strategy 2007-2015 (2007);
  7. Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003);
  8. African Youth Charter (2006)
  9. African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990);
  10. Revised African Convention to the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

SOTU is also Working on the Following Policy Standards and Action Plan

  1. NEPAD Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Plan (CAADP) (2003);
  2. Abuja Call for Accelerated Action Towards universal Access to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 2010 (2006);
  3. Maputo Plan of Action for Implementing the Continental Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy Framework 2007-2010 (2006);
  4. Africa Health Strategy 2007-2015 (2007);

Overall Purpose of the SOTU Project:

To engage citizens to track and hold Governments and the African Union on their performance against key democratic governance, economic, social rights, civil and political rights policy standards and instruments.

Result Areas:

  1. For citizens to be informed and empowered to act to claim key rights and freedoms
  2. For the African Union and Member States to act for the ratification, popularisation and monitor implementation of key standards
  3. For inclusive national and continental platforms’ capacity to be built in order to popularise, engage and hold Governments accountable

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