Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi (Mrs)

Activities as Commissioner


Presented to the 43rd Ordinary Session, held in Ezulwini, Swaziland from 7-22 May 2008.


1. This report covers activities carried out in accordance with item 3 of article 87 of the rules of procedure of the African Commission, which requires all members of the Commission to submit a written report on their different activities, especially on country visits and organisations contacted, at each session.
These activities were carried out during the intersession between the 42nd Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights held in Brazzaville Congo, from 15 to 28 November, 2007. I am reporting here both on activities carried out in my capacity as Member of the Commission and as Chairperson of the working group on the Death Penalty.


2. I carried out the following activities:
  1. On 30th December, in my intervention at the closing ceremony of a seminar on « The drafting of reports for submission to treaty organs », I outlined the relevant provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights, highlighted the provision that States submit periodic reports in accordance with article 62 of the Charter and enforce the relevant provisions of this instrument.
  2. Further I underscored the procedures guiding the drafting of such reports. The seminar was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and cooperation, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission in Rwanda, and attended by senior officials from several Ministries who play a pivotal role in the drafting of reports for submission to treaty organs as well as representatives of NGOs.
  3. In February, 2008, I was granted an audience by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General to report on the activities of the November 2007 session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and urged the Government to make efforts to implement the recommendations of the Commission.
  4. In the course of promoting the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, I realised that people are not really familiar with the instrument, hence the need to print and disseminate the document (in English and French) among tutors who teach human rights in secondary schools all over the country.
  5. In January, 2008, I attended a steering committee meeting of the Forum of NGOs active in the area of human rights and the National Human Rights Commission of Rwanda. At this meeting, I reiterated the need to focus on the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights in the training and sensitisation programmes on international instruments. I also seized the opportunity to urge NGOs having Observer Status with the African Commission on Humans and Peoples’ Rights to attend the sessions of the African Commission.

Activities as Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary killings in Africa



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