The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights held its 55th session in Luanda, Angola, from 28 April to 12 May 2014. This monitor summarises some of the key outcomes of the session.
AFRICAN COMMISSION ADOPTS LANDMARK RESOLUTION ON LGBT RIGHTS
Africa's principal human rights body has adopted a landmark resolution condemning violence and discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons… more
DIALOGUE WITH THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Human rights defenders protect human rights at peril of their lives, and must be given adequate protection in doing so, said the African Commission’s Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Ms Reine Alapini-Gansou… more
LIBERIA APPEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME BEFORE THE AFRICAN COMMISSION
For the first time ever Liberia appeared before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to report on its human rights record. Liberia’s report was submitted in 2012, almost 20 years late, having been due to the Commission in 1984. The report therefore covers the period 1982-2012 and sets out the steps Liberia has taken to implement its obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights… more
REPORT OF THE STUDY GROUP ON FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY IN AFRICA IS ADOPTED
The report of the African Commission Study Group on Freedom of Association in Africa was adopted by the Commission during its private session.
The report is not yet public, but aims to highlight the situation of the rights to freedom of association and assembly in various African countries. It contains recommendations to stakeholders towards the effective implementation of these rights.
Alongside the report, the study group is also drafting guidelines on freedom of association and peaceful assembly in Africa, which are intended to assist States to implement the rights to freedom of association and assembly. A draft of these guidelines was presented to civil society for comment just prior to the opening of the African Commission’s 55th session.
Further comments will be sought at a meeting of experts to be held later in the year. The final document is due to be submitted to the Commission for adoption at its 56th session in October 2014.
AFRICAN COMMISSION DESIGNATES HIGH-LEVEL FOCAL POINT TO COMBAT REPRISALS
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has designated a high-level position to document and follow up on cases of intimidation and reprisals against those that cooperate with the African human rights system… more
PROTECT DEFENDERS FROM CENSORSHIP AND RETALIATION
The African Commission owes it to those who seek to cooperate and communicate with it to ensure they can do so safely and without censorship, ISHR told the 55th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights… more
GROUND-BREAKING PROGRESS ON REPRISALS AND LGBT RIGHTS
The Commission passed important resolutions on ‘protection against violence and other human rights violations against persons on the basis of their real or imputed sexual orientation or gender identity’, and on the designation of a focal point within the Commission to deal with reprisals against civil society stakeholders. Aside from these resolutions, which mark significant steps forward, there was relatively little overlap between the resolutions proposed by NGOs and those adopted by the Commission.… more