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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/68/163 at its 68th session in 2013, which proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ (IDEI). The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures to counter the present culture of impunity. UNESCO has been requested in the Resolution to facilitate the implementation of the IDEI.

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PostHeaderIcon Fifth Annual meeting of AfCHPR and ACHPR

Arusha, 19 September, 2016: The Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) and the Banjul-based African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) today began their Fifth Annual Meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.

The President of the African Court, Hon. Justice Sylvain Oré, said that the 19-22 September 2016 Annual Meeting serves to cement relationship of cooperation based on complementarity between the two institutions. They will discuss progress, among others, on the establishment of the Legal Aid Fund; the creation of the Pan African Human Rights Institute; and 2016 celebrations to mark the African Year of Human Rights.

1. AfCHPR

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is a continental court established by African countries to ensure protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. It complements and reinforces the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

The Court was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which was adopted by Member States of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in June 1998. The Protocol came into force on 25 January 2004 after it was ratified by more than 15 countries.

2. ACHPR

The African Charter established the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission was inaugurated on 2 November 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Commission’s Secretariat has subsequently been located in Banjul, The Gambia.

3. The fourth joint meeting was held in Nairobi, Kenya in July, 2015.

 

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Benin deposits Article 34(6) Declaration to allow NGOs and individuals to directly access the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The Republic of Benin becomes the eighth AU Member State to deposit the Declaration under Article 34 (6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right to allow Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and individuals to directly access the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The Declaration was deposited to the African Union Commission on February 8, 2016.

Others State Parties to the Protocol which have made the Declaration recognising the competence of the Court to receive cases from NGOs and individuals are: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is a continental court established by the AU to enhance the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa.

As of 31 January, 2016 thirty (30) countries had ratified the Protocol out of 54 AU Member States.

 
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