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Human and Peoples' Rights

EXTENSION OF CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF EXPERT MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE WORKING GROUP ON INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS/COMMUNITIES AND MINORITIES IN AFRICA



 The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), meeting at its 72nd Ordinary Session, held virtually from 19 July to 02 August 2022 adopted Resolution ACHPR/Res. 523 (LXXII) 2022 on the Extension of the Mandate and Membership of Six Special Mechanisms of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.1 By this Resolution, the Commission, inter alia, extended the membership of Expert Members of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa (as it is now known) (the Working Group), “retrospectively for a further period of three (3) months, effective from 02 August 2022.”  
 
Accordingly, the current expert membership of the Working Group has been extended until 02 November 2022, and the Commission will now consider the reconstitution of the expert membership of its Special Mechanisms in line with the applicable Standard Operation Procedure2, at its 73rd Ordinary Session, scheduled to hold from 20 October to 09 November, 2022.
 
As a consequence, the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa wishes to extend its call for Applications for the Appointment of its Expert Members.  The extended call is also motivated by the need to receive more applications from individuals with expertise in the subject-matter as advertised below, as well as to encourage applications from all sub-regions of the continent, towards attaining, inter alia, regional balance in membership.
 
The Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa (as it is now known) was established by the Commission’s Resolution ACHPR/Res. 51(XXVIII)00, adopted at its 28th Ordinary Session held in Cotonou, Benin, from 23rd October to 6th November 2000.
 
                                                          
 1 https://www.achpr.org/sessions/resolutions?id=559.

2https://www.achpr.org/public/Document/file/English/SOP%20on%20the%20Special%20Mechanisms%20of%20th e%20African%20Commission%20on%20Human%20and%20Peoples%E2%80%99%20Rights_ENG.pdf.
 

The Working Group is composed of five Experts representing the five regions of the continent, taking into account the imperatives of linguistic and gender representation. Its mandate is as follows:
 
• Examine the concept of indigenous people and communities in Africa;

• Study the implications of the African Charter on Human Rights and well-being of indigenous communities especially regarding the rights to equality (Articles 2 & 3), dignity (Article 5), protection against domination (Article 19), selfdetermination (Article 20) and the promotion of cultural development and identity (Article 22); 

• Consider appropriate recommendations for the monitoring and protection of the rights of indigenous communities

• Gather information from all relevant sources (including governments, civil society, indigenous populations, and their communities) on violations of human rights; and undertake country visits for human rights monitoring and promotion. 

• Produce a detailed report on its activities to the African Commission at each Ordinary Session.
 
The Working Group's mandate also includes promotion missions to States Parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (the African Charter), organization of seminars and training sessions, publication of reports and research findings, sending urgent appeals to States Parties to the African Charter and active participation in regional and international meetings on the Rights of Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa.
 
In accordance with: its above-stated mandate;  the Standard Operating Procedures on the Special Mechanism of the African Commission on Human and peoples’ Rights; Resolution ACHPR/Res. 455(LXVI) 2020 on the Renewal of the Mandate, Appointment of the chairperson, Reconstitution and Expansion of Mandate of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa, under which the mandate of the current members expired on 1 July 2022; and the above-referenced Resolution ACHPR/Res. 523 (LXXII) 2022 by which the mandate of the current Expert Members was extended until 02 November 2022; the Working Group hereby re-invites interested persons to submit their applications to serve as independent Expert Members.
 
Candidates must be nationals of the Member States of the African Union (AU) and have proven experience and expertise in the field of human rights, in particular on issues relating to the rights of Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities. The term of office of the members of the Working Group shall be two (2) years from the date of appointment.
 
Pursuant to this mandate, the Working Group hereby seeks applications from interested candidates for consideration to serve as independent Expert Members. The ideal candidates should, inter alia:  
 
⚫ Have  experience and expertise on issues related to on issues relating to the Rights of Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa; 

⚫ Have proven advocacy and written skills; 

⚫ Be available to work for at least 5 hours per week; 

⚫ Be able to travel in discharging the Working Group’s mandate such as in country research and information missions, annual meetings, and representing the Working Group in activities related to its mandate; 

⚫ Speak English, French or Portuguese, the AU working languages (fluency in at least two being an asset).  
 
Applications from suitable candidates should be sent to the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights. Due to financial constraints at the Commission, this is a pro bono position and there will be no financial compensation for selected members, although the costs related to authorized work would be covered in line with AU financial rules. Applications should be received no later than 30 September 2022, as the Commission intends to appoint the new members during its forthcoming 73rd Ordinary Session.  
 
Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter and curriculum vitae, and should be sent by email to au-banjul@africa-union.org  and africancommission@yahoo.com, or by post to the address below:
 
African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 

31 Bijilo Annex Layout,  Kombo North District, Western Region 

P. O. Box 673 Banjul  The Gambia