261: Resolution on the extension of the deadline for the study on freedom of association and assembly in africa

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), meeting at its 54th Ordinary Session held from 22 October to 5 November 2013 in Banjul, The Gambia;

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

Further recalling 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;

Mindful of Resolutions ACHPR/Res151 (XLVI) 09 on the need to conduct a study on freedom of association, ACHPR/Res.186 (XLIX) 11 on the appointment of members of the Study Group on Freedom of Association in Africa and ACHPR/Res.229 (LII) 12 on the extension of the deadline for the study on freedom of association in Africa;

Conscious of the extension of the study to include freedom of assembly in Africa and the need to consolidate research on the study and gather as much information as possible;

Further conscious of the need to formulate guidelines on freedom of association and peaceful assembly;

Noting that the deadline set for the study is due to expire in October 2013, whereas the study report is being finalized;

Decides to extend the deadline for this study by one (1) year; and request that the report of the said study should be submitted for consideration by the Commission in October 2014.

Done in Banjul, The Gambia, 5 November 2013