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African Commission on
Human and Peoples' Rights

Extension Of Call For Applications For The Nomination Of Expert Members Of The Working Group On Economic, Social And Cultural Rights In Africa


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), meeting at its 72nd Ordinary Session, held virtually from 19 July to 2 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. By this Resolution, the Commission, inter alia, extended the membership of Expert Members of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa (the Working Group), “retrospectively for a further period of three (3) months, effective from 2 August 2022.”  

Accordingly, the current expert membership of the Working Group has been extended until 2 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 Procedure, at its 73rd Ordinary Session, scheduled to hold from 20 October to 9 November, 2022.

As a consequence, the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 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.

At its 36th Ordinary Session held from 23 November to 7 December 2004 in Dakar, Senegal, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) adopted Resolution ACHPR/Res.73 (XXXVI) 04 establishing a Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa (the Working Group).

Its mandate is as follows:

· Develop and propose to the Commission a draft Principles and Guidelines on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;

· Prepare a revised draft of the State Reporting Guidelines for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;

· Undertake, under the supervision of the Commission, studies and research on economic, social and cultural rights;

· Collect information and monitor the situation of economic, social and cultural rights within the States Parties to the African Charter;

· Advise the Commission on urgent measures to be taken to address issues related to economic, social and cultural rights that require immediate attention;

· Present a progress report to the Commission at each Ordinary Session; and

· Collaborate with other partners, including States Parties, National Human Rights Institutions, relevant Intergovernmental Organisations, International and Regional Mechanisms and Civil Society Organisations for the successful implementation of its mandate.

In discharging its mandate, the Working Group also undertakes promotion missions to States Parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), organises seminars and training sessions, publishes reports and research findings, sends Letters of Urgent Appeals to States Parties to the African Charter on issues of human rights concern, and participates actively in national, regional and international meetings on, and activities related to economic, social and cultural rights.

Pursuant to this mandate and Resolution ACHPR/Res. 457 (LXVI) 2020, which brings the current term of office of the existing members to an end on 1 July 2022, the Working Group hereby invites nominations from interested candidates to serve as independent expert members of the Working Group. 

The Working Group shall be composed of five (5) Experts representing the five (5) regions of the continent, taking into account linguistic and gender representation. Candidates must be nationals of a State Party to the African Charter and are required to have proven experience and expertise in human rights, in particular in the area of economic, social and cultural rights. The mandate of Working Group Members is for a period of two (2) years.

Applications should be accompanied by a motivation letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and any other relevant document, and should be received at the Secretariat of the Commission no later than 30 September 2022. The Commission will appoint the new Expert Members of the Working Group during its 73rd Ordinary Session, scheduled to take place from 20 October to 9 November 2022.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to au-banjul@africa-union.org, or by courier to the following address:

 

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District, Western Region

P.O. Box 673 Banjul

The Gambia