African Commission

Protecting the mandate and autonomy of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

This paper, which is commissioned by the Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC), aims to explore how National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) may contribute towards supporting the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (‘African Commission’ or ‘Commission’) to execute its mandate. Read the full PDF Article

Undermining the African Commission – A focus on Egypt

Decision 101 was adopted during the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 28 – 29 June 1018. Decision 1015 made some concerning recommendations. An analysis of the Decision conducted by the Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC) found these recommendations particularly concerning as, if implemented, could …

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Analysis of the relationship between the Political Organs of the African Union (AU) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The year 2015 marked the beginning of a significantly turbulent period in the life of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission). In this period, tensions between the Commission and political organs of the African Union (AU) escalated. The longstanding tensions emanated from perceived clashing priorities between the Commission – intent …

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Why You Should Care About the African Commission and Its Ordinary Sessions

Participants following proceedings of the 63rd Ordinary Session in the Gambia. According to the Amnesty International report dubbed the State of the African Regional Human Rights System and Mechanisms 2019 -2020, the African Commission became the first human rights treaty body across the globe to issue a statement on COVID-19 and human rights on 28 …

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African Commission on Human and People’s Rights meets this week as crisis deepens all over Africa

This week the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (African Commission) starts its 67th ordinary session to evaluate the performance of African countries in implementing the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and other major human rights instruments. The session continues until 2 December 2020. The African heads of state established the …

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Maintaining the independence of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: A commentary on the Rules of Procedure, 2020

The 2010 RoPs had a single provision (Rule 3) on the status of the African Commission, which was defined as ‘an autonomous treaty body within the framework of the African Union to promote human and peoples’ rights and ensure their protection in Africa’. The 2020 RoPs now, however, has several parts.

66th Ordinary Session of the African Commission Successfully Held Virtually Amidst the COVID19 Pandemic

The African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights held a 66th Ordinary Session from 13 July to 7 August 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic the session was held virtually and as expected focused on the pandemic. Even though marred by a few glitches that hindered effective participation, the session was successful given the …

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Rules of Procedure of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 2020

The 2020 Rules of Procedure (2020 RoPs) were adopted at the African Commission’s 27th Extra-Ordinary Session, held from 19 February to 04 March 2020, pursuant to Article 42(2) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and came into force on 02 June, 2020, in terms of Rule 145 thereof. Amongst the changes introduced …

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