123: 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 (the African Commission or ACHPR) meeting at its 42nd Ordinary Session held from 15 - 28 November 2007, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo:

    Recalling its mandate to promote human and peoples’ rights and ensure their protection in Africa under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter);

    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 – 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 term of the Working Group comes to an end on 5th December 2007;

    Considering further that the term of Ambassador Mohamed Kamel Rezag-Bara as a Member of the African Commission along with his mandate as a Member and the Chairperson of the Working Group have come to an end on 28 November 2007;

    Appreciating the work that Ambassador Mohamed Kamel Rezag-Bara has done as a Member and Chairperson of the Working Group;

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

    Recognizing the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on 13 September 2007;

    Recognizing 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 28th November 2007;

    - Designate Commissioner Musa Ngary Bitaye as Chairperson of the Working Group;

    - Designate Commissioner Mumba Malila as a member of the Working Group;

    - Designate Commissioner Soyata Maiga as a member of the Working Group;

    - Appoint Dr. Albert Barume and Mr. Melakou Tegegn as expert members of the Working Group; and

    - Maintain the membership of the following experts:

    • Mr. Mohammed Khattali;
    • Ms. Marianne Jensen;
    • Mr. Zephyrin Kalimba; and
    • Dr. Naomi Kipuri.

    Done in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 28 November 2007.

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