Madame Reine Alapini-Gansou

Activities as Commission Chairperson

This Report is presented pursuant to Article 72 of the ACHPR’s Rules of Procedure. It covers the period from December 2010 to April 2011.
It is divided into 5 parts relating respectively to:
  • The promotional activities undertaken by the Chairperson of the ACHPR;
  • The activities relating to the management of the Commission;
  • The activities regarding cooperation with the States Parties;
  • The activities linked to the relations with the other Organs of the African Union;
  • The activities carried out as member of the Working Group on Elderly Persons and the Disabled.
In conclusion the Report outlines some observations and formulates some recommendations.

N.B. The Report on my activities as Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of People living with HIV/AIDS and persons at risk will be presented separately.

Activities as Working Group Chairperson

Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV

In accordance with Articles 23.3 and 72 of the Rules of Procedure of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and its resolution ACHPR/Res163 (XLVII) 2010, I present this report as Chairperson of the Committee of People Living with HIV/AIDS and persons at risk, vulnerable and affected by HIV/AIDS.
It highlights activities carried out from November 2010 to April 2011 according to this mandate, and they are presented in two parts, as follows:
- Activities, and ;
- Recommendations

Activities as Working Group Member

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities


    42. The Draft Protocol on the rights of Elderly persons had been submitted to the Commission for consideration during the 48th Ordinary Session; and on the basis of the observations made by the members of the ACHPR, the Draft Protocol document will be submitted in the near future.

    43. Regarding the Draft Protocol on the rights of Disabled Persons, the meetings are still going on within the Working Group.

    44. From 18 to 21 April 2011, I participated, at the invitation of the United Nations in New York, in the First Ordinary Session of the Working Group with enlarged membership on the rights of Elderly Persons. One of this Working Group’s key assignments is to examine the utility, in collaboration with all the stakeholders, of drafting a specific legal instrument for Elderly Persons. During these deliberations, I made a presentation on the state of African law in this field, on the established mechanisms, on the achievements registered in the protection of the rights of Elderly Persons and the shortcomings which have been observed.

    45. It would appear from the numerous panel meetings organized in this regard that the issue of the rights of Elderly Persons is the subject of concern at the African, American, European and Asiatic regional levels. At the States’ national level, it would also appear that programmes and policies are put in place keeping in mind the cultural, social and economic realities of the stakeholders. At the global level, the opportuneness of having a specific law for Elderly Persons or the establishment of a protection instrument such as the mechanism of Special Rapporteur; all of this based on appropriate research studies.

    (included in Inter-session activity report of Commissioner Reine Alapini Gansou)



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