13th Extraordinary Session: Final Communique
Final Communiqué of the 13th Extra-Ordinary
Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Banjul, The Gambia
19 to 25 February 2013
- The African
Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) held its 13th
Extra-Ordinary Session from 19 to 25 February 2013 in Banjul, The Gambia.
- The Session was chaired by Honourable Commissioner Catherine Dupe Atoki,
Chairperson of the Commission, and was attended by the following
Honourable Commissioner Kayitesi Zainabo Sylvie Vice-Chairperson;
Honourable Commissioner Faith Pansy Tlakula;
Honourable Commissioner Soyata Maiga;
Mohamed Bechir Khalfallah;
Honourable Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor;
Honourable Commissioner Med S. K. Kaggwa;
Honourable Commissioner Maya Sahli Fadel ; and
Honourable Commissioner Pacifique Manirakiza.
- Honorable Commissioner Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen
was absent with apologies.
Chairperson briefed Members of the Commission on the outcome of the 22nd
Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and the 20th Summit
of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU),
which included the request of the Assembly of Heads of State and
Government for the Commission to be part of the African-led Support
Mission in Mali (AFISMA) to monitor the human rights situation in the
liberated areas of Mali.
Chairperson further briefed the Commission that the 50th
Anniversary/Golden Jubilee of the Organization of the African
Unity/African Union would be celebrated in May 2013.
(81) Communications were tabled before the Commission:
Thirteen (13) on Seizure;
Thirteen (13) at Merits stage;
Forty six (46) at Admissibility;
Three 3 for Review;
One (1) request for Deferment; and
Five (5) involving lack of Diligent
Decided to be Seized of twelve (12) new Communications;
Examined three Communications on
Admissibility and decided that two (2)
of them be Admitted;
Considered two (2) Communications on Merits
and adopted a decision on one (1);
Rejected request for Provisional Measures
in two (2) Communications and issued Provisional Measures at its own initiative
in one (1) Communication;
Denied request for Review in one (1)
Struck out five (5) Communications for lack
of diligent prosecution.
Agreed to put its good office at the
disposal of the parties to facilitate the implementation of its recommendations
in one (1) Communication.
Commission also deliberated on various issues pertaining to its
collaboration with the African Court.
Commission considered and adopted the following:
Report of the Working Group on
ii. Report of the Communications Audit;
Report of the Advisory Committee on Staff
and Budgetary Matters;
Concluding Observations on the Combined
Periodic Report of the Republic of Burundi;
Report of the Promotion Mission to Togo;
Model Law on Access to Information in
Commission adopted the following Resolutions;
Resolution Reconstituting its Working Group
on Specific Issues Relevant to the Work of the Commission; and
Resolution on Elections in Africa.
Commission adopted a Declaration on the trial of twenty five (25) Sahrawi
civilians by a military Tribunal in Rabat, Morocco.
- The Commission deliberated on two
Memoranda of Understanding with its partners: one with the Deutsche
Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and another with the
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and approved both.
- The Commission decided to undertake an
investigative mission to Mali from 27 March to 7 April 2013, pursuant to
Decision AU DEC.1 (XIX) of the Assembly of African Union Heads of States
and Government, conditions permitting.
- The Commission held discussions with
Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General
on the Prevention of Genocide, on how the Commission and Mr. Dieng’s
Office can collaborate in matters of mutual interest in furtherance of
their respective mandates.
- The Commission also held discussion
with a consultant engaged by the European Union (EU), to identify the challenges
and difficulties encountered by the Commission in accessing and utilizing
funds allocated under the EU 55 million Euro Support Program for the
Commission and to propose a way forward.
Commission expresses its sincere and profound gratitude to the Government
and People of the Republic of The Gambia for the hospitality extended to
the Members of the Commission during the 13th Extra-Ordinary
Done in Banjul, The Gambia during the 13th
Extra-Ordinary Session of the Commission