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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
ONVT (Algeria) - 475Algeria55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
ABDD (Benin) - 474Benin55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
FEPDHA (Burkina Faso) - 473Burkina Faso55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
CEDEN (DRC) - 476Democratic Republic of the Congo55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
RENADHOC (DRC) - 477Democratic Republic of the Congo55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
ACIIDH (DRC)- 478Democratic Republic of the Congo55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
Humanitaire Plus (Togo) - 472Togo55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
Refugee Consortium of Kenya (Kenya) - 467Kenya55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
Tanzania HRD Coalition (Tanzania) - 470Tanzania55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
Sonke Gender Justice Network (South Africa) - 468South Africa55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
Reporters Without Borders - Sweden (Sweden) - 471Sweden55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
WaterLex (Switzerland) - 469Switzerland55th Ordinary Session
28 April - 12 May 2014
Association burundaise pour la protection des droits humains et des personnes détenues Burundi54th Ordinary Session
22 October - 5 November 2013
PINGO’s ForumTanzania54th Ordinary Session
22 October - 5 November 2013
Human Rights Centre UgandaUganda54th Ordinary Session
22 October - 5 November 2013
Women’s Legal CentreSouth Africa54th Ordinary Session
22 October - 5 November 2013
Natural Justice South Africa54th Ordinary Session
22 October - 5 November 2013
Ngo Playdoo - CICote d'Ivoire54th Ordinary Session
22 October - 5 November 2013
Sustainable Development Institute Liberia54th Ordinary Session
22 October - 5 November 2013
Prison Fellowship NigeriaNigeria54th Ordinary Session
22 October - 5 November 2013
Endorois Welfare Council of KenyaKenya53rd Ordinary Session
9 - 22 April 2013
Muslims for Human RightsKenya53rd Ordinary Session
9 - 22 April 2013
Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) Kenya53rd Ordinary Session
9 - 22 April 2013
Soutien aux prisonniers en Côte d’Ivoire, (SOPCI)Cote d'Ivoire53rd Ordinary Session
9 - 22 April 2013
Action pour la Protection des droits de l’hommeCote d'Ivoire53rd Ordinary Session
9 - 22 April 2013

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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 Constitutive Act of the AU and the African Charter.
  2. The NGO must be working in the field of human rights.
  3. Written application to the Secretariat which must be accompanied by:
    • Proof of legal existence, list of members, constituent organs and source of funding
    • Declaration of financial resources
    • Last financial statement
    • Statement of activities.
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.
Website: http://www.acdhrs.org/ 

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