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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Call for Comments on the Draft Study of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights in Africa



Resolution 148 of 2009 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission), which established the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa (WGEI), defines the mandate of the WGEI as including inter alia:

  1. To examine the impact of extractive industries in Africa within the context on the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter);
  2. Research specific issues pertaining to the right of all peoples to freely dispose of their wealth and natural resources and to a general satisfactory environment favourable to their development; and
  3. To prepare a comprehensive report to be presented to the African Commission.

In order to give effect to this mandate, the WGEI, with the assistance of its partners, has prepared a draft Background Study on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights in Africa. The Study Report in addition to desktop research draws on country visits and sub-regional consultations which were undertaken between 2013 and 2015 and thematic reports prepared by Expert Members of the WGEI. In 2017 a consultant was appointed, and consultations with experts on the content of the draft Study Report took place in the course of 2018 and 2019.

The draft Study considers the main challenges resulting from extractive industries in Africa, the underlying causes of human rights violations in extractive industries, the human rights framework for extractive industries provided by the African Charter and other regional and international instruments, as well as the gaps in the protection of human rights in the extractive industries.

Following the initiation of the Public Consultation process through a Panel during the 65th Ordinary Session, the Commission invites all stakeholders to provide inputs on the Draft Study, available on the link below, by sending contributions to the Secretariat of the African Commission by email to au-banjul@africa-union.org, idowu-ojoa@africa-union.org and boshoffe@africa-union.org by 30 November 2019.