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212 Resolution on the mandate of the Working Group on Communications of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights - ACHPR/Res.212(EXT.OS/XI)2012


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) meeting at its 11th Extra-Ordinary Session held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 21 February to 1 March 2012;

Recognising its promotion and protection mandate pursuant to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter);

Recalling the decision at its 50th Ordinary Session, held in Banjul, The Gambia from 24 October to 5 November 2011, to establish a Working Group on Communications in accordance with Rule 23(1) of its Rules of Procedure;

Noting Resolution ACHPR/Res.194 (L) 11: Establishing a Working Group on Communications and Appointment of Members, adopted at its 50th Ordinary Session; ;

Hereby decides that the mandate of the Working Group on Communications will be to: 

1.       Consider Communications at the level of Seizure and inform the African Commission;

2.       Consider Communications on Admissibility, and formulate recommendations to the African Commission, and where necessary, consider Communications on Merits; 

3.      Inform the African Commission on the status of Communications at all stages of the procedure;

4.       Inform the African Commission on the status of implementation of its decisions on Communications; 

5.      Examine  Communications to be referred to the African  Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and make recommendations to the African Commission;

6.      Advise the Bureau of the African Commission on requests for  Provisional Measures made by Parties , where necessary; 

7.      Advise the African Commission on the withdrawal or closure of Communications;

8.      Advise the African Commission on the need to grant oral hearings, if necessary; 

9.      Ensure that the final versions of decisions accurately reflect the comments and observations of Members of the African Commission.

Done in Banjul, The Gambia, 1 March 2012