The adoption of the African Charter in 1981 and the establishment of the African Commission in 1987 signaled a new era in the promotion and protection of human rights on the continent.
The commemoration of Africa Human Rights Day, recommended by the African Commission at its Fifth Ordinary Session in April 1989, in Benghazi, Libya, is an occasion for recommitment to the cause of human rights and fundamental freedoms on the continent and to tackle the human rights problems that are affecting the lives of millions of men, women and children, including the challenges of poverty, conflicts, HIV/AIDS, gender based discrimination, and violence against women.
In observance of these monumental occasions, the African Commission is planning the following events:
- A soccer tournament for students in Gambian lower basic schools (October 16 – 21, 2007);
- A lecture on human rights (October 19, 2007);
- A workshop for West African journalists (October 19 – 20, 2007);
- A road race for students in lower basic schools and the public (October 21, 2007);
- A march-past for the public (October 21, 2007).