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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa


It was in 1999 that the question of the rights of indigenous people was first tabled in the agenda of the African Commission. In the next four consecutive Sessions of the African Commission, indigenous peoples’ representatives supported by non-governmental organizations zealously lobbied and brought to the attention of the African Commission the plight of indigenous people on the continent characterized by, among others, marginalization, exploitation, dispossession, harassment, poverty and  neglect. 

The persistent and concerted lobbying did not only attract the attention of the African Commission but also swayed the latter to adopt a resolution establishing a Working Group of Experts on the Rights of Indigenous or Ethnic Communities at its 28th Ordinary Session in November 2000 held in Cotonou, Benin. This resolution (https://www.achpr.org/sessions/resolutions?id=56 ) mandated the Working Group to:

  • Examine the concept of indigenous populations / communities in Africa;
  • Study the implications of the African Charter on the well-being of indigenous communities especially with regard to the right to equality (articles 2 and 3), the right to dignity (article 5), the right to protection of all peoples’ against domination (article 19), the right to self-determination (article 20), the right to cultural development and identity (article 22);
  • Consider appropriate recommendations for the monitoring and protection of the rights of indigenous communities.
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From April 14 to May 04 , 2021

Hon. Alexia Amesbury, Commissioner

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Hon. Alexia Amesbury, Commissioner

66th Ordinary Session

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From October 21 to November 10 , 2019

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

64th Ordinary Session

From April 24 to May 14 , 2019

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

63rd Ordinary Session

From October 24 to November 13 , 2018

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

62nd Ordinary Session

From April 25 to May 09 , 2018

61st Ordinary Session

From November 01 to November 15 , 2017

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

60th Ordinary Session

From May 08 to May 22 , 2017

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

59th Ordinary Session

From October 21 to November 04 , 2016

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

58th Ordinary Session

From April 06 to April 20 , 2016

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

57th Ordinary Session

From November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

56th Ordinary Session

From April 21 to May 07 , 2015

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

55th Ordinary Session

From April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

54th Ordinary Session

From October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

53rd Ordinary Session

From April 09 to April 22 , 2013

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

52nd Ordinary Session

From October 09 to October 22 , 2012

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

51st Ordinary Session

From April 18 to May 02 , 2012

47th Ordinary Session

From May 12 to May 26 , 2010

Musa Ngary Bitaye

43rd Ordinary Session

From May 07 to May 22 , 2008

Musa Ngary Bitaye

44th Ordinary Session

From November 10 to November 24 , 2008

Musa Ngary Bitaye

44th Ordinary Session

From November 10 to November 24 , 2008

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

50th Ordinary Session

From October 24 to November 05 , 2011

Musa Ngary Bitaye

50th Ordinary Session

From October 24 to November 05 , 2011

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

50th Ordinary Session

From October 24 to November 05 , 2011

Mumba Malila

48th Ordinary Session

From November 10 to November 24 , 2010

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner

48th Ordinary Session

From November 10 to November 24 , 2010

Mumba Malila

46th Ordinary Session

From November 11 to November 25 , 2009

Musa Ngary Bitaye

45th Ordinary Session

From May 13 to May 27 , 2009

Hon. Soyata Maiga, Commissioner