Human Rights

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

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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General Comment on the Right to Safe Abortion and Access to Contraceptives

Did you know that on a global scale, we have about 25 million unsafe abortions performed annually? Women need to know how to get safe abortion services and access contraceptives. In this 8-minute video, Suzanne Majani of Ipas Africa Alliance speaks on the right to safe abortion services and access to contraceptives. She focuses on …

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Endorois Community Land Rights – Endorois Welfare Council v. Kenya

In this 7-minute video, Janet Kiptanui of the Endorois Community speaks about how the Kenyan government in the 1970s evicted hundreds of Endorois families from their traditional lands around the Lake Bogoria area in the Rift Valley, to create a game reserve for tourism. Failing to obtain remedy at the national level, the Endorois, an …

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The African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights

This 8-minute animation video provides an overview of the mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The Commission). It provides summary details on the Commission’s background, functioning, structure, special mechanism, governance and complaints filing procedure. It also highlights the challenges that the Commission faces in executing its mandate.

Bottomline Africa – Human Rights scorecard

On Africa Human Rights Day, Dr. Japhet Biegon of Amnesty International speaks on the state of human rights and regional mechanisms in Africa. He raises concern that AU member states undermine the mechanism and are uncooperative.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) repudiates a severe attack against its autonomy and independence

Paulo Abrão

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. At that meeting the establishment of the International Union of American Republics was approved. The Charter of the OAS was signed in Bogotá in 1948 and entered into force in