About ACHPR

The African Charter established the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission was inaugurated on 2 November 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Commission’s Secretariat has subsequently been located in Banjul, The Gambia.

In addition to performing any other tasks which may be entrusted to it by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the Commission is officially charged with three major functions:

  • the protection of human and peoples' rights
  • the promotion of human and peoples' rights
  • the interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

Current Commissioners

The Commission consists of 11 members elected by the AU Assembly from experts nominated by the State Parties to the Charter. Their mandates are for six years, renewable.
CommissionerAppointedFunctionStates
Faith Pansy Tlakula2005

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities
Working Group Member

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission
Working Group Chairperson

Lawrence Murugu Mute2013

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa
Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities
Working Group Member

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations
Working Group Member

Lucy Asuagbor2010

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa
Working Group Member

Working Group on Communications
Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission
Working Group Member

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa
Working Group Member

Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV
Working Group Chairperson

Maya Sahli Fadel2011

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Working Group Member

Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons

Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary killings in Africa
Working Group Member

Med S.K. Kaggwa2011

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission
Working Group Member

Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention

Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary killings in Africa
Working Group Member

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa
Working Group Member

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters
Working Group Chairperson

Mohamed Bechir Khalfallah2009

Commission Vice-chairperson

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters
Working Group Member

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Working Group Chairperson

Pacifique Manirakiza2011

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations
Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Communications
Working Group Member

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa
Working Group Member

Reine Alapini-Gansou2005

Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV
Working Group Member

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities
Working Group Member

Working Group on Communications
Working Group Member

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters
Working Group Member

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

Soyata Maiga2007

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission
Working Group Member

Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV
Working Group Member

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa
Working Group Chairperson

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters
Working Group Member

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Working Group Member

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa
Working Group Member

Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women

Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen2007

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities
Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Communications
Working Group Member

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations
Working Group Member

Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi2007

Commission Chairperson

Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary killings in Africa
Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations
Working Group Member

The Commission


The Secretariat


The Information & Documentation Centre

The major goal of the Information and Documentation Centre (IDOC) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), is to provide appropriate, reliable, timely and efficient information services to the Commission, the Secretariat, and other users, as appropriate.

Rules of Procedure

//files/pages/about/rop_2010_thumb.pngAdopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights during its 47th ordinary session held in Banjul, The Gambia from 12 to 26 May, 2010.

A guide to the African Human Rights System

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Activity Reports


African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR)

Links


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Contact Us

  • 31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District
  • Western Region P.O. Box 673 Banjul
  • The Gambia
  • Tel: (220) 441 05 05, 441 05 06
  • Fax: (220) 441 05 04
  • E-mail: au-banjul@africa-union.org

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