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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

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

The function of Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention was created during the 20th Ordinary Session of the Commission, following the Seminar on Prison Conditions in Africa (Kampala, 19 - 21 September 1996). It is therefore one of the oldest Special Mechanisms.  The Special Rapporteur is empowered to examine the situation of persons deprived of their liberty within the territories of States Parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Resolution 37 adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at the 25th Ordinary Session held in Bujumbura, Burundi form 26 April to 5 May 1999, extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur. The mandate was most recently renewed with the adoption of Resolution 156 at the 46th Ordinary Session held in Banjul, The Gambia, in November 2009.

The various Special Rapporteurs have been quite active, among others by holding missions to the various State Parties – since 1997, over 20 missions have taken place.



Maria Teresa Manuela


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Intersession Activity Reports

65th Ordinary Session

From October 21 to November 10 , 2019

Maria Teresa Manuela

63rd Ordinary Session

From October 24 to November 13 , 2018

Maria Teresa Manuela

61st Ordinary Session

From November 01 to November 15 , 2017

Med S.K. Kaggwa

60th Ordinary Session

From May 08 to May 22 , 2017

Med S.K. Kaggwa

59th Ordinary Session

From October 21 to November 04 , 2016

Med S.K. Kaggwa

58th Ordinary Session

From April 06 to April 20 , 2016

Med S.K. Kaggwa

57th Ordinary Session

From November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Med S.K. Kaggwa

56th Ordinary Session

From April 21 to May 07 , 2015

Med S.K. Kaggwa

55th Ordinary Session

From April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Med S.K. Kaggwa

54th Ordinary Session

From October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Med S.K. Kaggwa

52nd Ordinary Session

From October 09 to October 22 , 2012

51st Ordinary Session

From April 18 to May 02 , 2012

Med S.K. Kaggwa

47th Ordinary Session

From May 12 to May 26 , 2010

Catherine Dupe Atoki

46th Ordinary Session

From November 11 to November 25 , 2009

Mumba Malila

50th Ordinary Session

From October 24 to November 05 , 2011

Catherine Dupe Atoki