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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Information for Participants


Upcoming Session

28th Extraordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)

Convened in terms of Article 38 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, read together with Rule 10 of the Rules of Procedure of the ACHPR

Banjul, 19 June, 2020: The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights will hold its 28th Extraordinary Session from Monday, 29 June to Wednesday 1 July 2020.

VENUE:   Virtual Session, Zoom Webinar (REGISTER FOR THE 28TH EXTRA-ORDINARY SESSION)

 

WHAT:     Solemn Declaration in terms of Article 38 of the African Charter on Human and  Peoples’ Rights, read together with Rule 10 of the Rules of Procedure of the ACHPR, and Induction of new Members of the ACHPR

 

WHEN:     29 June 2020 – Solemn Declaration Ceremony (Public Session) 09:00 – 10:50 Hours (GMT)

                 

    30 June – 1 July 2020 – Induction (Private Session)

 

               1 July 2020 – Closing Ceremony (Public Session) 14:00 – 15:00 Hours (GMT)

                 

WHERE:   Virtual Session

                 29 June 2020 Public Session Zoom Webinar link:

     https://zoom.us/j/94328340496?pwd=cWorZitkYUtxRmU5WEUwQzZOclNTZz09

     Password: 597583

 

    1 July 2020 Public Session Zoom Webinar link:

                https://zoom.us/j/97316658459?pwd=SUNuWmVoR3lyVDZnSC92VU16K0ZKQT09

                Password: 936198

 

WHO:      The Chairperson of the ACHPR will administer the Solemn Declaration to incoming Commissioners. All States Parties, Organs of the African Union, National Human Rights Institutions, International Organizations, including the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Union Human Rights Office, and Non-Governmental Organizations, are invited to attend.

Unlike in the past, this Extraordinary Session will be held virtually because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Extraordinary Session will be live streamed on: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgwJmiMTr59J0jYZJJtfzuwon 29 June from 09:00 to 10:30 Hours (GMT).

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

  1. The ACHPR is composed of eleven Commissioners, nationals of Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity. The ACHPR meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold Extra-Ordinary Sessions.
  2. During its 33rd Ordinary Session, the Executive Council of the African Union took a decision Ex.CL. Dec/1225(XXXVI) to elect 4 (four) new Members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights namely:

Dr. Marie Louise Abomo (Cameroon), Mr. Mudford Zacharia Mwandenga (Zambia), Mr. NDiamé Gaye (Senegal) and Mrs. Alexia Gertrude Amesbury (Seychelles.

These incoming Commissioners will replace the 4 (four) outgoing Commissioners whose terms of Office have ended namely: Hon. Commissioner Soyata Maiga (Mali-former Chairperson of the ACHPR, Chairperson of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV and Chairperson of Working Group on Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa), Hon. Commissioner Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen (Mauritius- Chairperson of the Working Group on Older Persons and Persons Living with Disabilities), Hon. Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor (Cameroon-Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women), and Hon. Commissioner Lawrence Murugu Mute (Kenya- Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Expression)

  1. Art. 38 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, read together with Rule 10 of the Rules of Procedure of the ACHPR, prescribes that a solemn declaration be made by the incoming commissioners to discharge their duties impartially and faithfully.

Further information on the ACHPR can be obtained from the ACHPR’s website at www.achpr.org.

For media interested in participating please contact:  

Mr. Etwell Karikoga, E-mail: KarikogaE@africa-union.org

Mr. Reginald Mere, E-mail: MereR@africa-union.org

 

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