Press Release on the Human Rights Promotion Mission to the Republic of Guinea Bissau

    The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) wishes to inform the public that at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, a delegation of the Commission will undertake a human rights promotion mission in the Republic of Guinea Bissau from 16 to 20 July 2018. The delegation will be composed of:

            i.        Honourable Commissioner Maria Teresa Manuela, Commissioner Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Republic of Guinea Bissau and Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa;

           ii.        Honourable Commissioner Maya Sahli-Fadel, Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants in Africa;

          iii.        Honourable Commissioner Rémy Ngoy Lumbu – Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders;

          iv.        Honourable Commissioner Jamesina S. King – Chairperson of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa

    The mission is part of the Commission’s human rights promotion mandate under Article 45 (1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter). The objectives of the mission are, inter alia, to promote the African Charter, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) and other regional and international human rights legal instruments; strengthen relations between the Commission and the Republic of Guinea Bissau with regard to the promotion and protection of the rights guaranteed by the Charter and other relevant legal instruments; collect information on the general human rights situation in Guinea Bissau; engage in dialogue with the Government on the legislative and other measures taken to give full effect to the provisions of the African Charter and other instruments ratified by Guinea Bissau, and where necessary identify the challenges faced; visit prisons and other detention centres in order to learn about the conditions of detention in the Republic of Guinea Bissau. 

    During the mission, the delegation will meet with senior officials and other stakeholders involved in human rights promotion and protection, in particular representatives of ministries and national institutions, civil society organisations, including women’s organisations working in the area of women’s rights, and other human rights stakeholders in Guinea Bissau.

    At the end of the mission, the delegation will present its preliminary findings to the competent authorities and will give a press conference. A detailed mission report will be presented to the Commission at a later Session. 

    Banjul, 28 June 2018

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    The Secretariat of the Commission

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      Tel.: (+220) 441 05 05 /441 05 06

     Fax: (+220)  441 05 04    

    Email: au-banjul@africa-union.org

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