18 March 2011 – The Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), Honorable Commissioner Reine Alapini-Gansou, will be leading a high level Delegation to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The objective of the joint promotion mission is two pronged:
· firstly, to promote the African Charter, exchange views, and share experiences with the Government of the DRC, and the major human rights stakeholders in the country on how to enhance the
enjoyment of human rights in the country; and
· secondly, to identify progress and challenges, and follow up on various reports/information before the African Commission regarding the human rights situation in the DRC.
The Delegation will be composed of:
· Honourable Commissioner Reine Alapini-Gansou – Chairperson of the African Commission and the Commissioner responsible for the promotion of human rights in the DRC;
· Honourable Commissioner, Catherine Dupe Atoki – Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Other Places of Detention in Africa, and Chairperson of the Working Group on Prevention Against Torture in
· Honourable Commissioner Soyata Maiga – Special Rappporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa;
· Honorable Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor – Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa;
Honorable Commissioner Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi – Chairperson of the Working Group on the Death Penalty; and
· Honorable Commissioner Bechir Khalfallah – Chairperson of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The Delegation will be supported by staff of the Secretariat of the African Commission.
The mission will be taking place from 1 to 9 April, 2011.
The Delegation will meet key human rights stakeholders in the country, including senior Government Officials, the Judiciary, the Legislature, Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations and human rights defenders.
The Delegation will also visit prisons and other places of detention in the DRC.