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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Press Release on the Promotion Mission to the Republic of Mauritius

The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights wishes to inform the general public that, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Mauritius, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) will undertake a Promotion Mission to the Republic of Mauritius from 13 to 17 August 2019.

This Mission, which is part of the Commission’s promotion mandate, is being undertaken in accordance with Article 45 (1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter). The objectives of the Mission include to: promote the African Charter and other regional and international human rights instruments, strengthen relations between the Commission and the Republic of Mauritius, engage with relevant stakeholders, exchange views on ways and means of enhancing the enjoyment of human rights in the country, and seek information on human rights issues of particular concern to the Commission.

The Commission’s delegation will be composed of Honourable Commissioner Soyata Maiga who is the Chairperson of the Commission, Chairperson of the Committeeon the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV, and Chairperson of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa; Honourable Commissioner Hatem Essaiem who is the Commissioner Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Republic of Mauritius and Chairperson of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa; and Honourable Commissioner Remy Ngoy Lumbu who is the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Africa.

During the Mission, the delegation of the Commission will meet with officials from relevant Government ministries, national human rights institutions, civil society organisations, a cross-section of human rights actors in the country, and other stakeholders who may enlighten the Commission on the general human rights situation in the Republic of Mauritius.

At the end of the mission, the delegation will discuss its preliminary findings with relevant authorities in the Government and a press conference will be held. A Report of the Mission will be tabled before the Commission for consideration and adoption at one of its upcoming sessions.

Done in Banjul, 12 August 2019


For further information, please contact:

The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District

Western Region.

P.O Box 673 Banjul, The Gambia

Tel: 220 4410505/6

Fax: 220 4410504

E-mail:  au-banjul@africa-union.org