Activities as Commission Vice-chairperson
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Activities as Working Group ChairpersonWorking Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations
Mumba Malila / Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations
22. From 27 to 28 September 2010, in my capacity as Chairperson of the Commission’s Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa I took part in a conference on Legal Remedies and the Role of Lawyers in Protecting Human Rights in the Context of Corporate Activity organized by the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland in protecting human rights in the context of corporate activity.
23. I made a presentation on the background to the creation of the Working Group, the purpose of the Working Group and how it hopes to contribute to redressing human rights violations by corporations operating in the continent. The two day conference deliberated various topics including identifying the problems and possible solutions in the context of administrative remedies, problems and possible solutions in attributing criminal liability to corporations, common issues in relation to legal remedies and institutional opportunities.
24. From 1 to 2 November 2010, as a member of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa, I participated in a workshop on Extra- territorial obligations (ETOs) for the African Regional in Pretoria, South Africa,. The meeting was co-organized by the Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria, FIAN International and SAIFAC.
25. The purpose of the Workshop was to examine the many challenges posed by the developing concept of extra territorial obligations in the human rights discourse. In particular the event was intended to achieve two objectives namely the popularization of the issue of ETO and the facilitation of input on the conceptual/legal issues.
26. The significance of ETO for specific policy/thematic fields (i.e. Investment/finance, trade, development assistance, climate, etc) were among the topics discussed. I made a presentation on the establishment and future of the working Group on Extractive Industries and possible areas of future cooperation between the African Commission and the ETO Consortium.
Activities as Working Group MemberCommittee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV
Mumba Malila / Committee for the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV/AIDS
27. On 2 October 2010, I participated together with the Chairperson and Commissioner Maiga as members of the Committee for the Protection of the Rights of PLHIV and those at Risk, in a conversation between the Committee, the UN Special Rapporteun on the Right of Everyone to the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health, Mr. Anand Griverm and the Human Rights Development Institute (HRDI). The conversation was held in Pretoria, South Africa.
28. The purpose of this meeting which was organized by the Human Rights Development Institute was to explore ways in which the UN mechanism and our mechanism could work together towards tangible outcomes aimed at addressing human rights violations of PLHIV and those at risk in African. Participants were drawn from various institutions including the HRDI itself, lawyers from partner institutions of HRDI from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and DRC, University of Pretoria, UNAIDS and the National Committee of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Activities as Working Group MemberWorking Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa
29. From 11 to 13 October 2010, together with Commissioner Bitaye, Mr. Zephym Kalimba, Mr. Albert Barume and Ms Genivive Rose as members of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations and Communities in Africa, I attended and participated in the Sub regional Conference on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples/Margnalised Communities in Africa organized by the office of the Prime Minister (Namibia) International Labour Organization and the ACHPR.
30. The Conference coincided with the official launch of the overview Report of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 24 African Counties. The study leading to the Report was undertaken by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria, represented by Prof Frans Viljoen. The seminar and the launch of the Report took place in Windhoek, Namibia.
31. The objectives were to increase participants’ awareness on the rights of indigenous peoples and to obtain input towards the future policies of Namibia towards indigenous populations. In place of Dr Naomi Kipuri, an expert member of the Group who could not attend the meeting for logistical reasons, I made a presentation on the work of the Commission’s Working Group on
Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Africa. We had occasion to visit a settlement of the San people off the city of Windhoek and saw the interventions that the Government of Namibia is making to integrate this indigenous group in the development program of the country.
32. From 7 to 8 November 2010, I participated in the meeting of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples/ Communities held here in Banjul just before the current session of the ommission. The meeting reviewed, among other things, activities undertaken in the last inter session, and planned for programmes to be undertaken in the forthcoming intersession.
Activities as Working Group ChairpersonWorking Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary killings in Africa
33. From 7 to 9 November 2010, as member of the Working Group on the Death Penalty in Africa, I participated in the meeting of the Working Group held immediately preceding the current session. The meeting discussed among other things the Kigali Framework document and the Cotonou framework document as well as the way forward on the question of the death penalty in Africa.