229: Resolution on the extension of the deadline for the study on freedom of association in Africa

    The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), meeting at its 52nd Ordinary Session held from 9 to 22 October 2012 in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire;

    Recalling  its mandate to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights in Africa in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter);

    Recalling further Resolutions ACHPR/69(XXXV) 04 on the protection of human rights defenders in Africa, ACHPR/Res.119 (XXXXII) 07 and ACHPR/Res.196 (L) 11 on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Africa;

    Recalling also Resolution ACHPR/Res151 (XLVI) 09 on the need to conduct a study on freedom of association and Resolution ACHPR/Res.179 (XLIX) 11 on the appointment of members of the Study Group on Freedom of Association in Africa;

    Noting that research on the study is being undertaken despite the lack of adequate resources;

    Aware of the need to strengthen the expertise of the Study Group, consolidate its research on the ongoing study and gather as much information as possible;

    Mindful of the need to consolidate and finalize the research undertaken as part of the study, and extend it to include freedom of peaceful assembly;

    Considering that the one-year deadline fixed for conducting the study expired since May 2012;

    Decides to:

    1. Extend the scope of the study to include freedom of peaceful assembly;
    2. Appoint Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor as a Member of the Study Group on Freedom of Association;
    3. Extend by one year the deadline for the study; and
    4. Request that the report of the study be submitted for consideration by the Commission in October 2013.

    Adopted at the 52nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, 9 to 22 October 2012

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