The present Principles and Guidelines on Human and Peoples’ Rights while Countering Terrorism in Africa were adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during its 56th Ordinary Session in Banjul, Gambia (21 April to 7 May 2015).
The Principles and Guidelines were developed on the basis of Article 45(1)(b) of the African Charter, which mandates the Commission to formulate standards, principles, and rules on which African governments can base their legislation. They are based on African regional treaty law; the case law, standards, and resolutions of this Commission; and international human rights treaty law and U.N. Security Council resolutions. The Principles and Guidelines also give consideration to other international and regional human rights decisions and special mechanisms, U.N. General Assembly resolutions, including the U.N. Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy of 2006, and the views of the Office of the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights.