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Non-governmental organisations

NGOs play a prominent role in the activities of the Commission. Primarily, they draw the attention of the Commission to violations of the Charter, bring communications on behalf of individuals, monitor states' compliance with the Charter, and help to increase awareness about the Commission's activities by organizing conferences and other activities.

NGOs participate in the Commission's public sessions and engage with the reporting procedure by submitting shadow reports and popularising concluding observations.

Since 1988, the Commission has been granting observer status to NGOs. NGOs having observer status with the Commission are required to submit a report of their activities every two years.

Latest NGOs that were granted observer status:

NGOStateOrdinary Session
The African Child Policy Forum Ethiopia61st Ordinary Session
1 - 15 November 2017
The Centre for Citizen’s Participation on the African UnionKenya61st Ordinary Session
1 - 15 November 2017
ReprieveUnited Kingdom61st Ordinary Session
1 - 15 November 2017
Association Angola 2000 Angola60th Ordinary Session
8 - 22 May 2017
HelpAge International Kenya60th Ordinary Session
8 - 22 May 2017
Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance Malawi60th Ordinary Session
8 - 22 May 2017
Centre d’Information et de Formation en Matriere de Droits Humains en Afrique (CIFDHA) Burkina Faso60th Ordinary Session
8 - 22 May 2017
Association pour le Developpment de la Promotion des Droits Humains (ADPDH)Mauritania60th Ordinary Session
8 - 22 May 2017
Coalition Mondiale contre la Peine de Mort France60th Ordinary Session
8 - 22 May 2017
Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV/AIDS (KELIN)Kenya59th Ordinary Session
21 October - 4 November 2016
The Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD)Rwanda59th Ordinary Session
21 October - 4 November 2016
Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy CentreSouth Africa59th Ordinary Session
21 October - 4 November 2016
La Clinique Juridique de l’Université de GomaDemocratic Republic of the Congo59th Ordinary Session
21 October - 4 November 2016
The International Center for Not-For-Profit LawUnited States59th Ordinary Session
21 October - 4 November 2016
The Human Rights Implementation CentreUnited Kingdom58th Ordinary Session
6 - 20 April 2016
Center for Health, Human Rights & DevelopmentUganda58th Ordinary Session
6 - 20 April 2016
Economic & Social Rights Centre (HakiJamii)Kenya57th Ordinary Session
4 - 18 November 2015
Under the Same Sun Fund Tanzania57th Ordinary Session
4 - 18 November 2015
Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Domestics and Sexual ViolenceUganda57th Ordinary Session
4 - 18 November 2015
Initiative for Social and Economic RightsUganda57th Ordinary Session
4 - 18 November 2015
Association Djazairouna Algeria57th Ordinary Session
4 - 18 November 2015
Mouvement des Jeunes Pour le Reveil et Developpement (MJRD)Benin57th Ordinary Session
4 - 18 November 2015
The West African Institute for Legal AidGambia57th Ordinary Session
4 - 18 November 2015
Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre (WARDC)Nigeria57th Ordinary Session
4 - 18 November 2015
International Lawyers.Org Switzerland56th Ordinary Session
21 April - 7 May 2015

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Criteria for grant of NGO observer status

  1. The objectives of the NGO must be in consonance with the principles of the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act, the preamble to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol);
  2. Be NGOs working in the field of human rights in Africa;
  3. Written application to the Secretariat which must be accompanied by a set of documents which are enumerated in the Resolution below:
Resolution on the Criteria for Granting and Enjoying Observer Status to Non-Governmental Organizations Working in the field of Human and Peoples’ Rights

NGO Forum

The NGO Forum, organised by the Banjul-based African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, serves as a medium through which NGOs acquaint themselves with the Commission’s activities.
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