321: Resolution on the Appointment of the Chairperson and Reconstitution of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa and Renewal of its Mandate

    The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), meeting at its 57th Ordinary Session in Banjul, The Gambia held from 4 to 18 November 2015:

    Recalling all the relevant regional and international human rights instruments, specifically Articles 21 and 24 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on the right of all peoples to freely dispose of their wealth and natural resources and to a general satisfactory environment favourable to their development; 

    Recalling the unconditional responsibility of State Parties to prevent all forms of violations of human and peoples’ rights, including violations of human and peoples’ rights by non-state actors;

    Concerned by the increasing rate of the destruction of the African environment and ecosystem by extractive industrial activities with impunity; 

    Convinced of the need for an improved protection of human rights, especially through improving the regulatory framework of the activities of the extractive industries including mining, oil, gas, and timber extraction, developing effective continental mechanisms for monitoring the human rights impact of the activities of the extractive industries and the development of jurisprudence on holding non-state actors accountable for human rights violations in Africa;

    Recalling Resolution ACHPR/Res.148(XLVI) 2009, establishing the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa (the Working Group), adopted during the 46th Ordinary Session held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 11 to 25 November 2009; 

    Recalling Resolution ACHPR/Res.198(L) 2011 appointing the Chairperson and Commission members of the Working Group for an initial period of two years, adopted at its 50th  Ordinary Session held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 24 October to 5 November, 2011; 

    Further Recalling Resolutions ACHPR/Res.215 (LI) 2012 and ACHPR/Res.253 (LIV) 2013: on the Renewal of the Mandate of the Expert Members of the Working Group and on the Renewal of the Mandate of the Working Group respectively;

    Mindful of Resolution ACHPR/Res.236 (LIII) 2013 on the illicit flight of capital from Africa, adopted during the 53rd Ordinary Session held from 9 to 23 April 2013 and which required the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa and the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa to carry out an in-depth study on the impact of the illicit flight of capital on human rights in Africa; 

    Noting with appreciation the work undertaken during the past years by the Working Group under the leadership of Commissioner Pacifique Manirakiza;

    Considering that the mandate of the Chairperson comes to an end; 

    Recognizing the importance of the Working Group and the need to allow the Working Group to continue to carry out its mandate;

    DECIDES:

    (i)           to appoint the following for an initial period of two years taking effect as of 18 November 2015:  Commissioner Solomon Ayele Dersso as Chairperson of the Working Group; Commissioner Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen, and Commissioner Jamesina E.L King as Members for the same period; and

     

    (ii)          To maintain the current Expert Membership composition of the Working Group, as applicable, in line with its ACHPR/Res.268 (LV) 2014:  On Appointing Expert Members for the Working Group as follows:

     

    ·         Mr. Clement Voulé;

    ·         Professor James Gathii;

    ·         Ms. Valerie Couillard;

    ·         Professor Michelo Hansungule;

    ·         Ms. Sheila Keetharuth; and

    ·         Mr. Eric Kassongo Kalonji

     

    Adopted on 17 November 2015 at the 57th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held from 4 to 18 November 2015 in Banjul, The Gambia

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    Commissioners: Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen, Solomon Ayele Dersso, Jamesina Essie L. King (Mrs)

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