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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

State Parties to the African Charter

The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter) has been ratified by fifty-four (54) African Union (AU) Member States. The latest AU Member State to become a Party to the African Charter is the Republic of South Sudan, having ratified the Charter on 23 October 2013. To access the full status list of signatures, ratifications, depositions and reservations to the African Charter.

Ratification Table:- African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

State reports and concluding-observations

Pursuant to Article 62 of the African Charter, State Parties are required to submit every two years, a report on the legislative or other measures taken, with a view to giving effect to the rights and freedoms recognized and guaranteed by the Charter. Further, supplementary instruments to the African Charter, such as the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol), require State Parties to indicate in their periodic reports submitted in accordance with Article 62 of the African Charter, the legislative and other measures undertaken for the full realisation of the rights recognized in the Protocol. 
Institutions, organisations or any interested party wishing to contribute to the examination of a State Party report are also permitted to send their contributions, including shadow reports, to the Secretariat 60 days prior to the examination of the State Party report. 
 
Once the Commission examines State Party reports and engages in dialogue with representatives from the State Parties during its ordinary session, it adopts concluding observations which recognize positive developments, areas of concern and finally make recommendations.

State Reporting Procedures and Guidelines

This Information Sheet is aimed at explaining the aims and objectives of State reporting and the procedures used by the Commission during examination of these reports. It also highlights some of the contributions Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the civil society can play in enhancing the process.

The document also tries to allay the fears expressed by some States that the exercise exposes them to embarrassment. 

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Status of State Reporting

States Ratification Reporting Period Overdue Reports
   Algeria 1987 1987- 2014 2
   Angola 1990 1990-2016 1
   Benin 1986 1986-2008 5
   Botswana 1986 1986-2015 2
   Burkina Faso 1984 1986-2013 3
   Burundi 1989 1991-2010 4
   Cameroon 1989 1989-2011 4
   Cape Verde 1987 1987-1991 14
   Central African Republic 1986 1988-2006 6
   Chad 1986 1986-2015 2
   Comoros 1986
   Congo 1982 1982-2009 5
   Cote d'Ivoire 1992 1994-2015 2
   Democratic Republic of the Congo 1987 1997-2015 2
   Djibouti 1991 1993-2013 3
   Egypt 1984 1984-2017 1
   Equatorial Guinea 1986
   Eritrea 1999 199-2016 1
   Ethiopia 1998 1998-2013 3
   Gabon 1986 1986-2012 3
   Gambia 1983 1986-2018
   Ghana 1989 1990-2000 9
   Guinea 1982 1958-1997 11
   Guinea-Bissau 1985
   Kenya 1992 1992-2014 2
   Lesotho 1992 1991-2017 1
   Liberia 1992 1982-2012 3
   Libya 1986 1986-2010 4
   Madagascar 1992 1991-2008 5
   Malawi 1989 1995-2013 3
   Mali 1981 1982-2011 4
   Mauritania 1986 1986-2014 2
   Mauritius 1992 1992-2015 2
   Mozambique 1989 1992-2010 4
   Namibia 1992 1992-2014 2
   Niger 1986 1988-2016 1
   Nigeria 1983 1990-2016 1
   Rwanda 1983 1983-2016 1
   Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic 1986 1988-2012 3
   Sao Tome and Principe 1986
   Senegal 1982 1982-2013 3
   Seychelles 1992 1994-2004 7
   Sierra Leone 1983 1983-2013 3
   Somalia 1985
   South Africa 1996 1994-2014 2
   South Sudan 2013
   Sudan 1986 1994-2011 4
   Eswatini 1995 1995-2000 9
   Tanzania 1984 1984-2006 6
   Togo 1982 1982-2016 1
   Tunisia 1983 1990-2006 6
   Uganda 1986 1986-2012 3
   Zambia 1984 1986-2004 7
   Zimbabwe 1986 1986-2006 6
   Morocco

States Reporting Map

States which have submitted all their Reports (and presented or will present at next Ordinary Session) 1
States that are late by one or two reports 18
States that are late by three or more reports 18
States that have not submitted any reports 29

Statistics


State Reports submitted but not yet considered


Chad: Cumulative Periodic Report 1998 to 2015

October 21 to November 10 , 2019


Latest Mission Reports

The Republic of The Gambia: Promotion Mission, 2017

Commissioner: Jamesina Essie L. King (Mrs) Lucy Asuagbor (Mrs)

Angola: Promotion Mission, 2016

Commissioner: Adv. Faith Pansy Tlakula (Ms) Soyata Maiga (Mrs)

Swaziland:Promotion Mission, 2013

Commissioner: Adv. Faith Pansy Tlakula (Ms) Dr. Solomon Ayele Dersso

Namibia: Promotion Mission, 2009

Commissioner: Adv. Faith Pansy Tlakula (Ms)

Gabon:Promotion Mission, 2014

Commissioner: Soyata Maiga (Mrs) Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi (Mrs)