81: Resolution on the Composition and Renewal of the Mandate of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

    The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights meeting at its 38th Ordinary Session held in Banjul, The Gambia from 21 November to 5 December 2005:

    Recalling its Resolution Ref. ACHPR/Res.65 (XXXIV) 03 on the adoption of the Report of the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities adopted at its 34th Ordinary Session held in Banjul, The Gambia from 6 to 20 November 2003;

    Recalling that the African Commission established a Working Group composed of six members, amongst them, two Members of the African Commission;

    Noting that the African Commission entrusted the Working Group with a mandate for an initial period of two years;

    Considering that the initial term of two years of the Working Group comes to an end during the 38th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights;

    Commending the continuous assistance of the International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) to the activities of the Working Group;

    Appreciating the work undertaken by the Working Group during the past two years in the discharge of its mandate;

    Recognising further the importance of the work of the Working Group in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous populations/communities in Africa and the necessity to allow the Working Group to continue to carry out its mandate;

    Decides to:

    • Extend the mandate of the Working Group for a period of two years with effect from 5 December 2005;
    • Designate Commissioner Kamel Rezag Bara as Chairperson of the Working Group; and
    • Appoint Commissioner Musa N Bitaye as Member of the Working Group.

    Done in Banjul, The Gambia, 5th December 2005.


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