Special Mechanisms

The Commission may create subsidiary mechanisms such as special rapporteurs, committees, and working groups. The creation and membership of such subsidiary mechanisms may be determined by consensus, failing which, the decision shall be taken by voting.

The Commission shall determine the mandate and the terms of reference of each subsidiary mechanism. Each subsidiary mechanism shall present a report on its work to the Commission at each ordinary session of the Commission.

Special Mechanism Establishment Missions Resolutions
Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information2004111
Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention1996168
Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders2004112
Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons2004 10
Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women199958
Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa200425
Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights200415
Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary killings in Africa2005 9
Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa20001411
Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission2004 6
Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities2007 8
Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations2009 7
Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV2010 5
Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters2009 3
Working Group on Communications2011 4

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