African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Office: Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
P.O. Box 673, Banjul, The Gambia

HISTORY AND PRESENT STATUS

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights was established in terms of Article 30 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. The Commission consists of eleven independent members elected for a term of six years. The Commission normally holds two ordinary sessions annually, one around March/April and the second around September/October, each meeting lasting two weeks.

The sessions of the Commission are attended not only by official government delegations, but also by international and national non-governmental organisations having accreditation with the Commission. All delegates, including representatives of States Parties to the African Charter, non-governmental organisations and national institutions, are allowed to participate in the public sessions of the Commission.
Purpose

Among its many functions, the Commission considers reports from States Parties to the African Charter, on the measures they have taken to give effect to the rights and freedoms recognised and guaranteed by the Charter. It also receives reports on human rights situations in different African countries.

South Africa's Involvement

South Africa acceded to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on 9 July 1996 and submitted its first report in terms of Article 62 of the Charter on 9 October 1998. The report was presented at the 25th session of the Commission in April 1999.

Dr Barney Pityana, the Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa, served a six-year term as a Commissioner, which expired in July 2003.

South Africa hosted the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights from 2 to 16 May 2002.

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

  • Department of Justice
  • South African Human Rights Commission

 

Updated: Dec. 2005

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