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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

About ACHPR

The African Charter established the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission was inaugurated on 2 November 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Commission’s Secretariat has subsequently been located in Banjul, The Gambia.

In addition to performing any other tasks, which may be skin entrusted to it by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the Commission is officially charged with three major functions:

  • the protection of human and peoples' rights
  • the promotion of human and peoples' rights
  • the interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

 

Current Commissioners

The Commission consists of 11 members elected by the AU Assembly from experts nominated by the State Parties to the Charter. Their mandates are for six years, renewable

Commissioner Appointed Special Mechanism membership States of responsibility

Hon. Marie Louise Abomo, Commissioner

Hon. Marie Louise Abomo, Commissioner

Cameroon
2020

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Committee on Resolutions

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Burundi

Comoros

Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hon. Mudford Zachariah Mwandenga, Commissioner

Hon. Mudford Zachariah Mwandenga, Commissioner

Zambia
2020

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

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

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Ethiopia

Ghana

Liberia

Malawi

Rwanda

Hon. Ndiamé Gaye, Commissioner

Hon. Ndiamé Gaye, Commissioner

Senegal
2020

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Central African Republic

Sierra Leone

Uganda

Guinea

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Hon. Alexia Amesbury, Commissioner

Hon. Alexia Amesbury, Commissioner

Seychelles
2020

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

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

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Botswana

Lesotho

Eswatini

Zambia

Egypt

Hon. Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi, Commissioner

Hon. Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi, Commissioner

Rwanda

2013

Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women

Special Rapporteur

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 50th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 42nd Ordinary Session

Algeria

Chad

Senegal

Angola

Seychelles

Hon. Maya Sahli-Fadel, Commissioner

Hon. Maya Sahli-Fadel, Commissioner

Algeria
1987

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 50th Ordinary Session

Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrant in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Session Appointment: 50th Ordinary Session

Burkina Faso

Mauritania

Tunisia

Benin

Niger

Hon. Solomon Ayele Dersso, Chairperson

Hon. Solomon Ayele Dersso, Chairperson

Ethiopia
2015

Commission Chairperson

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Committee on Resolutions

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 58th Ordinary Session

Kenya

South Africa

South Sudan

Tanzania

Nigeria

Hon. Jamesina Essie L. King, Commissioner

Hon. Jamesina Essie L. King, Commissioner

Sierra Leone
2015

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Special Rapporteur

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Committee on Resolutions

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Eritrea

Gambia

Namibia

Zimbabwe

Somalia

Hon. Hatem Essaiem, Commissioner

Hon. Hatem Essaiem, Commissioner

Tunisia
2017

Committee on Resolutions

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Djibouti

Libya

Mauritius

Sudan

Madagascar

Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela, Commissioner

Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela, Commissioner

Angola
2017

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

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

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Cape Verde

Equatorial Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Mozambique

Sao Tome and Principe

Hon. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu, Vice Chairperson

Hon. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu, Vice Chairperson

Democratic Republic of the Congo
2017

Commission Vice-chairperson

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Committee on Resolutions

Working Group Vice-chairperson

Session Appointment: 66th Ordinary Session

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Cameroon

Cote d'Ivoire

Gabon

Togo

Mali

The Commission

The Information & Documentation Centre

The major goal of the Information and Documentation Centre (IDOC) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), is to provide appropriate, reliable, timely and efficient information services to the Commission, the Secretariat, and other users, as appropriate

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Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 2020. Adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights during its 27th Extra-Ordinary session held in Banjul, The Gambia from 19 February to 04 March, 2020. The detailed activities and procedures of the Commission are regulated by its Rules of Procedure. The Commission adopted its first Rules of Procedure in 1988, during its 2nd Ordinary Session held in Dakar (Senegal) from February 2 to 13, 1988. The Rules were amended revised during its 18th ordinary session held in Praia (Cape-Vert) from 2 to 11 October 1995. With the advent of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Commission developed the 2010 Rules of Procedure. These Rules were approved by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during its 47th ordinary session held in Banjul (The Gambia) from 12 to 26 May.

A guide to the African Human Rights System

A guide to the African Human Rights System

This guide, published in 2001, provides an introductory background to the African human rights system

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