AFRICAN COMMISSION MONITOR - May 2014
AFRICAN COMMISSION MONITOR
May 2014

AFRICAN COMMISSION IN PICTURES

PHOTOS OF THE 55th ORDINARY SESSION OF THE AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES' RIGHTS

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OVERVIEW

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights is holding its 55th session in Luanda, Angola, from 28 April to 12 May.

The issues on the agenda include freedom of expression and access to information, human rights defenders, and the human rights situation in countries including Mozambique and Liberia… more

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

States react strongly against criticism on LGBTI issues and human rights defenders

Shrinking civil society space and violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity have been the subject of some strong statements from NGOs at this session of the Commission. This has prompted aggressive responses from several of the States criticised… more
 
Call for enhanced cooperation between the African Commission and regional and international bodies

In its work the African Commission frequently refers to international human rights standards and calls on States to ratify both international and regional human rights instruments. Reflecting the complementary nature of international and regional standards, the African Commission and the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is exploring how the Commission can work more closely with the UN’s special procedures… more
 
Space for discussion of women’s rights at the Commission remains limited

Although the Maputo Protocol on women’s rights is acknowledged worldwide as a key women’s rights instrument, ratification and reporting under the Protocol remains low. This limits the ability of the Commission to hold States accountable for their implementation of women’s rights… more
 
Twelve NGOs granted observer status to the Commission

Twelve NGOs have been granted observer status to the Commission at this session. Mme Reine Alapini-Gansou, the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, noted how important NGOs are to the work of the Commission… more

ISHR ADVOCACY

Establish a mechanism to prevent and redress reprisals

The African Commission must take concrete and effective action to prevent and remedy reprisals against civil society activists, ISHR has told the 55th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights currently underway in Luanda, Angola… more
 
Protect human rights defenders from censorship

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights owes it to those who seek to cooperate and communicate with it to ensure that they can do so safely and without censorship, ISHR has said in a statement to the Commission… more
 
Protect freedom of expression and prevent attacks against human rights defenders

In the run-up to the 55th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, ISHR, along with around 200 other NGOs, participated in the NGO Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to develop recommendations for the Commission for action during its 55th session… more

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