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ISHR at the African Commission

ISHR staff have been at the African Commission's 58th session in the Gambia, advocating on the protection of human rights defenders and the need to uphold the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly... view pictures here
REVIEW of the African Commission's 58th session

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the African Commission) held its 58th Session from 6 to 20 April 2016 in Banjul, The Gambia. As has been the case in the past, this session was preceded by a three-day NGO Forum. 

Three State periodic reports were considered during the session: Mali, Namibia and South Africa. ISHR also took a keen interest in issues regarding women human rights defenders, counter terrorism and human rights, human rights in the context of extractive activities, and freedom of expression and access to information. Read our review of the session here.



ISHR attended a panel on the Principles and Guidelines on Human and Peoples' Rights while Countering Terrorism in Africa, co-organised by Ms Reine Alapini-Gansou, the African Commission's Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders. The panel presented the principles and guidelines, and called on States to fulfil their human rights obligations even when fighting terrorism... more

African States: Reporting obligations under the Maputo Protocol must be respected 

The African Commission's Special Rapporteur on the rights of women in Africa, Ms Lucy Asuagbor, urged African States to fulfil their reporting requirements for the Protocol to the African Charter on Human And Peoples' Rights on the rights of women in Africa. While deploring that only five States have complied with the obligation to date, she provided details on the reporting procedure... more

Reviews of Mali, Namibia and South Africa

Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights requires Member States to submit State Periodic Reports to the African Commission every two years. Namibia, Mali and South Africa presented their State Periodic Reports during the 58th ordinary session of the Commission... more

Update: NHRI Affiliate Status and African Commission Observer Status
Two national human rights institutions (NHRIs), National Human Rights Commission of Sudan and National Human Rights Commission of Sahrawi, were granted affiliate status by the African Commission. To date, there are 26 NHRIs with this status at the African Commission.
Five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were granted observer status:
  • International Detention Coalition
  • Center for Health, Human Rights and Development
  • Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum
  • The Human Rights Implementation Centre
  • Environnement Ressources Naturelles et Développement
This brings the number of NGOs with observer status at the African Commission to 498.


PEDAN MARTHE COULIBALY, woman human rights defender from côte d'ivoire 
Ms Pedan Marthe Coulibaly is the coordinator of the national human rights defenders' coalition of Côte d'Ivoire. She spoke to ISHR about the recurrent challenges facing human rights defenders in the country as well as the categories of defenders that are the most at risk...more


African Commission: Address ongoing human rights challenges on the continent 
ISHR welcomes the African Commission's adoption of Resolution 336 on measures to protect and promote the work of women human rights defenders. This resolution is timely as we celebrate the African Union’s ‘African Year of Human Rights with a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women,’ ISHR said in a statement under Item 4, during the 58th session... more

Key Upcoming Dates

  • The African Commission's 20th extraordinary session: 9 to 18 June 2016 - Arusha, Tanzania.
  • The 59th ordinary session: 21 October to 4 November 2016 - Banjul, Islamic Republic of The Gambia.
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