208: Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Senegal

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), meeting at its 11th Extraordinary Session in Banjul, The Gambia, from 21 February to 1 March 2012;  

RECALLING its mandate to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights in Africa pursuant to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter);

CONSIDERING the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, the other regional and international human rights instruments and the Constitution of the Republic of Senegal;

CONSIDERING, inter alia, Article 1 of the African Charter which stipulates that “The Member States of the Organization of African Unity, Parties to the present Charter shall recognize the rights, duties and freedoms enshrined in the Charter and shall undertake to adopt legislative or other measures to give effect to them”;

CONCERNED by the serious violations of the right to demonstrate, of the freedom of opinion, of expression and of assembly;

DEEPLY CONCERNED by the atmosphere of insecurity characterized, on the eve of the presidential elections, by serious and repeated threats against the peace of civilians, by arbitrary arrests and acts of intimidation against the population in general and the Leaders of the Opposition in particular;   

FURTHER CONCERNED by the use of force by law enforcement Officers who are firing live bullets at peaceful demonstrators resulting in the loss of lives; 

CONCERNED about the current deteriorating human rights situation in Senegal which is likely to endanger the democracy, development and stability of the country;



Done in Banjul, The Gambia, 22 February 2012.