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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 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

Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi (Mrs)

Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi (Mrs)

Rwanda

2013

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

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

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 42nd 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 Chairperson

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Algeria

Benin

Central African Republic

Chad

Senegal

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

Algeria
2011

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 Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 50th 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, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons

Special Rapporteur

Session Appointment: 50th Ordinary Session

Burkina Faso

Egypt

Mali

Mauritania

Tunisia

Lawrence Murugu Mute

Lawrence Murugu Mute

Kenya
2013

Commission Vice-chairperson

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

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 54th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Special Rapporteur

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 54th Ordinary Session

Botswana

Ethiopia

Ghana

Liberia

Zambia

Lucy Asuagbor (Mrs)

Lucy Asuagbor (Mrs)

Cameroon

2013

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: 57th Ordinary Session

Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women

Special Rapporteur

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment:

Malawi

Nigeria

Rwanda

Sierra Leone

Uganda

Soyata Maiga (Mrs)

Soyata Maiga (Mrs)

Mali

2013

Commission Chairperson

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 49th 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: 57th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 50th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 42nd Ordinary Session

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

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 13th Extraordinary Session

Angola

Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Niger

Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen

Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen

Mauritius

2013

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Member

Session Appointment:

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 50th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 42nd Ordinary Session

Burundi

Comoros

Lesotho

Madagascar

Seychelles

Dr. Solomon Ayele Dersso

Dr. Solomon Ayele Dersso

Ethiopia
2015

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

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 57th 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

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Kenya

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

South Africa

South Sudan

Tanzania

Jamesina Essie L. King (Mrs)

Jamesina Essie L. King (Mrs)

Sierra Leone
2015

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 57th Ordinary Session

Committee on Resolutions

Working Group Chairperson

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Eritrea

Gambia

Namibia

Eswatini

Zimbabwe

Hatem Essaiem

Hatem Essaiem

Tunisia
2017

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

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 Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Djibouti

Libya

Mauritius

Somalia

Sudan

Maria Teresa Manuela

Maria Teresa Manuela

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 for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Cape Verde

Equatorial Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Mozambique

Sao Tome and Principe

Prof. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu

Prof. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu

Democratic Republic of the Congo
2017

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities 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 Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

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

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st 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 Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Member

Session Appointment: 61st Ordinary Session

Cameroon

Cote d'Ivoire

Gabon

Guinea

Togo

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 2010. Adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights during its 47th ordinary session held in Banjul, The Gambia from 12 to 26 May, 2010. 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 new 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 and entered into force on 18 August 2010.

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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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