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African Commission on
Human and Peoples' Rights

Mumba Malila

Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa

Inter-session Activity Report of the 
Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa 

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 
40th Ordinary Session, 15th – 29th November 2006, Banjul, The Gambia


  1. Between the last Ordinary Session and the present, the Secretariat has managed to send Note Verbales on my behalf for planned Promotional Missions to the following Member States:
    1. The Republic of Kenya; and
    2. The Kingdom of Swaziland.
  1. I am sad to report that the said Member States are yet to respond to our requests. Once again, I wish to urge State Parties to remain receptive and to respond timely to our requests for visits to their countries for these very important missions.
  1. I am also made to understand that there is no funding with our Secretariat to cover for missions. This is part of the general problem the Commission itself continues to face.
  1. I have continued to liaise with Penal Reform International ( Malawi Chapter) with a view to discussing further areas of cooperation. A meeting scheduled for Lusaka in early November was unfortunately aborted.
  1. That notwithstanding, since the last Ordinary Session, copies of funding proposal prepared by the Secretariat have been availed to representative of the French Foreign Affairs, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), and Penal Reform International (PRI) who had shown interest to continue working with the special rapporteur mechanism. In particular, the proposals so prepared dealt with the proposed Prisons Hotline to be established within the African Commission.

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