The Working Group, whose name was later changed to “Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa”, is composed of three members of the Commission, and six expert members, and is mandated to:
- raise funds for the Working Group’s activities relating to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous populations/communities in Africa;
- gather, request, receive and exchange information and communications from all relevant sources, including Governments, indigenous populations and their communities and organisations, on violations of their human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous populations/communities; undertake country visits to study the human rights situation of indigenous populations/communities;
- formulate recommendations and proposals on appropriate measures and activities to prevent and remedy violations of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous populations/communities;
- submit an activity report to each Ordinary Session of the Commission; and
- co-operate with other international and regional human rights mechanisms, institutions and organisations.
In discharging its mandate, among other things, the Working Group undertakes country visits, organizes seminars and trainings, publishes reports and researches, issues urgent appeals and actively participates in various international meetings on the rights of indigenous populations/communities.
An opening has occurred for an expert member of this Working Group, which the Commission is desirous of filling. Consequently, the Commission is inviting nominations from Member States of the African Union, National Human Rights Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations and other interested individuals and institutions.
Nominees are required to have expertise as well as demonstrable experience in issues of indigenous communities/populations in Africa; and members of indigenous populations/communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Nominations should be accompanied by a cover letter and curriculum vitae of the proposed candidates.
Proposed names should be received no later than 25 March 2013 as the Commission intends to nominate the member during its 53rd Ordinary Session scheduled to take place from 9 to 23 April 2013.
13 December 2012 Banjul, The Gambia