African Commission Monitor
62ND SESSION'S SUMMARY 
 
The 62nd ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania from 25 April to 9 May 2018. This session was marked by the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the African Commission. A question was at the heart of the celebration: what has the Commission accomplished during its 30 years of existence?

Read the final communiqué here
ACHPR62 OUTCOME OF THE NGO FORUM

This session of the NGO Forum took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania ahead of the 62nd ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. During the NGO Forum's opening session which took place on 21 April, Pr Remy Ngoy Lumbu, who is also the Commission’s Special Rapporteur on defenders, recognised the originality and uniqueness of the spirit of the Forum as a civil society space to exchange freely and independently on all countries in Africa. Following the opening, the review of the human rights situation in Africa revealed a number of critical cases on the continent.
 
NGO FORUM | PROTECTING DEFENDERS WORKING ON CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY IN AFRICA

On 22 April 2018, in collaboration with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability and the Pan African Network of Human Rights Defenders, ISHR organised a panel on attacks against human rights defenders working on business and human rights in Africa and their access to remedy.
NGO FORUM | THE IMPACT OF DIPLOMATIC INITIATIVES ON THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

On 24 April 2018, ISHR organised a workshop in Nouakchott, Mauritania, to raise awareness on the existence of various diplomatic initiatives targeted at supporting human rights defenders, to assess their implementation in Africa, and to formulate recommendations to strengthen their scope and application. 

ACHPR62 | DEFENDERS STILL WORKING IN RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT IN AFRICA

In a statement delivered on 28 April 2018 before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), ISHR called on States to end the adoption of restrictive laws and commended the adoption of national laws for the promotion and protection of human rights defenders in West Africa.

NGO FORUM | AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY EXPRESSES CONCERNS ABOUT SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
 
On 24 April, ISHR organised a meeting between the African Commission's Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and the defenders participating in the NGO Forum.
 
 
NGO FORUM | HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS WORKING ON BUSINESSES FACING SPECIFIC RISKS IN AFRICA

On 24 April, during the NGO Forum preceding the 62nd session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, ISHR in collaboration with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) and the Pan African Network of Human Rights Defenders, organised a workshop on “The African Experience of attacks on defenders in the business and human rights field: tools of documentation and counter-action”.
 

ACHPR62 | OUTCOME OF THE COMMISSION'S SESSION

This 62nd session of the African Commission was attended by 676 delegates, representing 29 Member States, a number regularly growing over the years. During this session, two countries were reviewed, namely Eritrea and Nigeria for which ISHR and Partnership for Justice submitted a joint shadow report.

63RD SESSION'S SUMMARY 
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) held its 63rd ordinary session from 24 October to 13 November 2018. This session was marked by the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the 20 years of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders.

Read the final communiqué here
ACHPR63 OUTCOME OF THE 63RD AFRICAN COMMISSION'S SESSION

A total of 690 delegates took part in this session, which is 71 more participants than in the last session (+11.5%). This includes 27 of the 53 States parties to the Charter, representing a participation rate of about 51%. This increase in the interest of the Commission's work is welcome, at a time when the situation of human rights on the continent deserves it the most.

NGO FORUM | OUTCOME OF THE 37TH NGO FORUM
 
This year’s 37th session of the NGO Forum was marked by the celebrations of the 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 20 years of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders and the commemoration of the 2018 African human rights day.
ACHPR63 | THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN AFRICA


During the 63rd session of the African Commission, ISHR delivered a statement highlighting the situation of human rights defenders on the continent. While appreciating the numerous accomplishments made at the national level, we also emphasised the remaining challenges and threatening situations defenders face in some countries.

ACHPR63 | 20 YEARS AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THE UN DECLARATION ON DEFENDERS, WHERE ARE WE?

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders calls on us to assess what has been done since then and to reflect on what can be done for the next 20 years in Africa. 

ACHPR63 | CELEBRATING DEFENDERS AND THE UNIVERSALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

70 years ago, States adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 20 years ago the UN Declaration on defenders. Since then, what has been achieved in Africa? How do we best move forward to effectively protect human rights and defenders on the continent?

ACHPR63 | STATE REVIEW OF TOGO

As part of Togo’s review at the African Commission, ISHR and the Coalition Togolaise des Défenseurs des Droits Humains called on the Togolese government to adopt laws and policies enabling human rights defenders to conduct their work and to ensure women defenders are protected from intimidation.

ACHPR63 | REPORT ON EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES, THE ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA 

During this session, the Working Group on Extractive Industries (WGEI) launched its State reporting guidelines and principles on articles 21 and 24 of the African Charter.
TRAINING | DEFENDERS ATTEND TRAINING ON INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEMS


How can defenders improve the protection of human rights at the national level through their engagement with international and regional human rights mechanisms? That was the main question of the 3 days training on international and regional human rights systems organised in Banjul ahead of the 63rd session of the African Commission.

ISHR would like to thank Irish Aid and Brot für die Welt for their generosity in supporting this publication. 
Kumulika is a newsletter produced by ISHR with the aim of informing readers of developments and opportunities around the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.
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