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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Implementation of decision 1015 of the African Union

During the African Union (AU) Summit held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 25 June to 2 July 2018, the AU Executive Council adopted its Decision on the Report on the Joint Retreat of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission). The decision endorsed the recommendations that emanated …

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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.

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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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.