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.

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

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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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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