The Rapporteurs on Human Rights Defenders from the United Nations (UN), the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) express their grave concern over acts of reprisals against individuals and groups seeking to cooperate with the UN and/or the regional human rights systems. These reprisals against individuals and/or groups engaging directly with the UN, the ACHPR and the IACHR, or otherwise providing information on particular countries’ human rights situation, take the form of smear campaigns, harassment, intimidation, direct threats, physical attacks and killings.

The UN, the ACHPR and the IACHR all have normative agreements and rules of procedure explicitly prohibiting acts of reprisals by States and non-State actors.1/In an effort to safeguard the vital collaboration between civil society and the UN and regional human rights mechanisms, the Rapporteurs on human rights defenders commit to and call for enhanced monitoring and action to respect those rules, and support the recent initiative by the President of the UN Human Rights Council to call on States to immediately put an end to intimidation and harassment of individuals and groups attending the 19th session of the Human Rights Council.2/ (more…)

The Special Rapporteur of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa, Mrs. Lucy Asuagbor, will undertake a promotion mission from 6 to 16 June 2011 in Central African Republic.

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. (more…)

6 February 2011, Buea – Du 1er au 7 février 2011, une délégation de la Commission Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples (Commission africaine) a effectué une visite de promotion au Cameroun sur demande du Gouvernement Camerounais. La délégation de la Commission africaine était composée de S.E. Reine Alapini-Gansou, Présidente de la Commission africaine, l’Honorable Commissaire Lucy Asuagbor, Rapporteur Spécial sur les défenseurs des droits de l’homme en Afrique, et M Bikanda Joseph juriste au Secrétariat de la Commission africaine. (more…)