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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Call for Applications for Expert Members of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa


1.    In October 2002, at its 32nd Ordinary Session, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), adopted the Guidelines and Measures for the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in Africa (‘Robben Island Guidelines’ or ‘RIGs’), to elaborate on Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), which prohibits torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (ill-treatment).

2.    The Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (‘CPTA’ or ‘Committee’), formerly known as the Follow-up Committee on the Implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines, was established by the Commission at its 35th Ordinary Session in May 2004, to promote the implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines.

3.    As elaborated under ACHPR/Res.61 (XXXII) 02 - Resolution on Guidelines and Measures for the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in Africa, the mandate of the CPTA is as follows:

  • organise, with the support of interested partners, seminars to disseminate the RIGs to national and regional stakeholders;
  • develop and propose to the Commission strategies to promote and implement the RIGs at the national and regional levels;
  • promote and facilitate the implementation of the RIGs within State Parties; and
  • make a progress report to the Commission at each Ordinary Session. 

4.    The CPTA works with various stakeholders to ensure the prohibition and prevention of torture and other ill-treatment in the continent, including State Parties, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), international organisations, civil society organisations (CSOs), Special Mechanisms of the Commission, and other relevant actors.

5.    The CPTA promotes implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines and other crucial instruments in the area of torture prevention and prohibition, including the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) and the Optional Protocol to UNCAT (OPCAT). It also strives for the establishment of effective National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) in African States in accordance with OPCAT.

6.    The CPTA further carries out awareness raising and capacity building activities; initiates resolutions on Article 5 issues; publishes its annual report on the situation of torture and other ill-treatment in Africa, annual thematic report on a specific Article 5 issue, and annual newsletter; and develops practical guidelines for the interpretation and development of different aspects of Article 5 to assist State Parties and relevant actors.

7.    The CPTA is comprised of Commissioner Members and Expert Members. In addition to their expertise, Members are selected bearing in mind gender, geographic and linguistic representation. The mandate of CPTA Members is for a period of two (2) years, renewable.

8.    In that regard, the CPTA hereby invites AU Member States, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organisations and other institutions to nominate candidates to fill the posts of three Expert members. Qualified individuals are also encouraged to apply. Applications from Eastern, Central and Western Africa are encouraged.

9.    Applicants are required to have proven skills and experience in the prevention and prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment (other ill-treatment) in Africa, or redress for victims of torture and other ill-treatment in Africa.  

10.Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and any other relevant document/s, and should be received at the Secretariat of the Commission by 15 September 2019 at the latest to enable the Commission to appoint the new Expert Members of the CPTA during the Commission’s 65th Ordinary Session to be held from 21 October to 10 November 2019, in Banjul, The Gambia.  

11.Applications should be sent by email to au-banjul@africa-union.org and africancommission@yahoo.com or in hard-copy 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