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…)


In accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 14/5, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has drafted this questionnaire, the purpose of which is to “…consult States, national human rights institutions, civil society and other relevant stakeholders on the conceptual and practical dimensions of prevention with regard to the promotion and protection of human rights” (operative paragraph 6, A/HRC/RES/14/5).

Please find the questionnaire at this link: http://portal.ohchr.org/portal/page/portal/CivilSocietySection/PreventionSurvey/Questionnaire.doc

Login name: civilsociety_user – Password: CSS3012

Please return it by 25 March 2011 to vlozano@ohchr.org


Washington, D.C., March 11, 2011—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announces the calendar of hearings for its 141st period of sessions, which will be held from March 21 to April 1, 2011. The hearings will take place March 25, 28, and 29 in the General Secretariat Building of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.

The OAS will transmit all the public hearings live via webcast. The videos of these hearings will subsequently be posted on the IACHR website, and high-resolution copies will be available upon request. Details about these services can be found in the Commission’s guidelines for press coverage of public hearings. In addition, all the public hearings may be heard on the Internet, through audio recordings posted on this page of the Commission’s website.

In the case of private hearings, no webcast or audio or video recordings will be available, and no members of the public or the press will be allowed to enter.

In the hearings requested by the States, civil society will have 15 minutes available to present any information it considers relevant. Those interested in participating should communicate their interest by e-mail, at cidhoea@oas.org, before March 14, 2011. In the e-mail, they should include the names of the individuals and/or organizations wishing to attend and specify what hearings they would like to participate in, along with any other information that might be of interest to include.

Members of the public who are interested may attend public hearings without having to register ahead of time. Journalists do not need any special accreditation. The IACHR does not make minutes or transcripts of the hearings public.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in a personal capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

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Article 64.4 of the Rules of Procedure of the IACHR establish: “Should the Commission deem it appropriate, it may also request the participation of other interested parties in the hearings on the human rights situation in one or more States, or on matters of general interest.”

Calendar of hearings of the 141st Period of Sessions (html)