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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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2020 in Review: focus on the African Commission on Human & People’s Rights

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (hereinafter the African Commission) is the foremost human rights organ of the African Union (hereinafter the AU) established under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (hereinafter the African Charter) with the mandate to promote and protect human rights through examining state reports on the implementation …

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ISHR builds a case for The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) upon withdrawal of their observer status in their report

The AU’s directives run counter to the spirit and letter of Article 42(2) of the African Charter which empowers the ACHPR to independently lay down its rules of procedure The ACHPR’s decision also violates the rights of freedom of expression and association of CAL and its members on discriminatory bases, and sets a dangerous precedent. …

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DW publishes a review on Egypt’s President el Sissi’s one year as head of the African Union

Looking back at his year heading the AU, Amnesty International said Egypt did “little to uphold the values and principles of the organization relating to human rights.”
“Instead, it used this position to undermine human rights and the independence of regional human rights mechanisms,” Japhet Biegon, Africa regional advocacy coordinator for Amnesty International, told DW.