The meeting agreed that the ACHPR was well equipped to address transitional justice concerns courtesy of the normative framework provided by the African Charter on Human and Peoples and Rights. The challenge lies in how to purposefully channel the mandate of the commission towards realizing the right to a remedy and reparations for gross human rights violations. The study should yield practical policy options for the Commission towards the same.
The meeting resolved to ensure that the different contextual experiences with transitional justice currently unfolding on the continent would be harnessed not only for the ACHPR study, but would be used to infuse the public voice in other governance processes such as the Africa Union Transitional Justice Framework (ATJF) and Africa Governance Architecture (AGA).
It was also agreed that participants would work to enhance the promotion and protection mandate of the ACHPR through active and increased engagement with it as civil society. To this end, KHRC committed itself to facilitate capacity enhancement initiatives that would encourage other civil society organizations to engage with ACHPR and also expand spaces for dialogue between civil society and other AU organs.
KHRC contributed as part of a six-member advisory committee to the study appointed by the African Commission to enrich its research processes and validate its findings. KHRC as an advisory committee member to this study endeavoured to infuse Kenya's contextual experience with transitional justice and advocate for a more focused and resourced African Commission on this issue.
The other members to the Advisory Committee are: The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation of South Africa which is also the secretariat for the study; The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR); Fambul Tok International, Sierra Leone; International Peace Institute (West African Research Fellow); The Refugee Law Project from Uganda and; the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.