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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons


The Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Internally Displaced Persons was established by the ACHPR at its 35th Ordinary Session (Banjul, The Gambia - 21 May to 4 June 2004). Resolution 72 adopted at the 36th Ordinary Session ( Dakar, Senegal - 23 November - 7 December 2004) laid out the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, which calls for him or her to

  • seek , receive, examine, and act upon the situation of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons in Africa;
  • undertake studies, research and other related activities to examine appropriate ways to enhance the protection of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons;
  • undertake fact-finding missions, investigations, and visits to refugee camps and camps for internally displaced persons;
  • assist Member States of the African Union to develop appropriate policies, regulations and laws for the effective protection of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons;
  • cooperate and engage in dialogue with Member States, National Human Rights Institutions, relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental bodies, international and regional mechanisms;
  • develop and recommend effective strategies to better protect rights;
  • raise awareness and promote the implementation of the UN Convention on Refugees of 1951 as well as the OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugees Problems in Africa; and
  • submit reports as every ordinary session of the African Commission on the situation of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons in Africa.

Resolution 95 of the 39th Ordinary Session, held in Banjul, The Gambia in May 2006, extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur to also include migration issues.

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

Special Rapporteur


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63rd Ordinary Session

From October 24 to November 13 , 2018

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

61st Ordinary Session

From November 01 to November 15 , 2017

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

59th Ordinary Session

From October 21 to November 04 , 2016

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

58th Ordinary Session

From April 06 to April 20 , 2016

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

57th Ordinary Session

From November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

56th Ordinary Session

From April 21 to May 07 , 2015

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

55th Ordinary Session

From April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

52nd Ordinary Session

From October 09 to October 22 , 2012

51st Ordinary Session

From April 18 to May 02 , 2012

Maya Sahli Fadel (Ms)

43rd Ordinary Session

From May 07 to May 22 , 2008

Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga

50th Ordinary Session

From October 24 to November 05 , 2011

Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi (Mrs)

47th Ordinary Session

From May 12 to May 26 , 2010

Mohamed Fayek

46th Ordinary Session

From November 11 to November 25 , 2009

Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga