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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Lawrence Murugu Mute

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information



I.     Introduction

  1. This Report is prepared pursuant to Rules 23(3) and 72 of the Rules of Procedure of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (‘Commission’ or ‘African Commission’), which requires each of the Commission’s subsidiary mechanisms to present a report on its work at each Ordinary Session, and each Commissioner to submit a report on activities undertaken during the inter-session.
  2. I submit this Report to the 64th Ordinary Session (Ordinary Session) of the African Commission in my capacities as the Vice-Chairperson of the Commission, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa (Special Rapporteur), Member of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA), and Member of the Working Group on Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities.
  3. This Report covers the inter-session between the 63rd and the 64th Ordinary Sessions of the African Commission, during the period November 2018 to April 2019.
  4. The Report is divided into this introduction; my inter-sessional activities; and a call for recommitment to ensure the Right to Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.