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Special Rapporteurs
Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:15

The Special Rapporteurs are tied to the special procedures available to the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR). Special Rapporteurs are tasked with investigating important human rights issues. There are five Special Rapporteurs for the ACHPR:


• The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression And Access to Information in Africa

• The Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa

• The Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, IDPs and Migrants in Africa

• The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa

• The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women


The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders


In reaction to the serious risks and violations encountered by human rights defenders in Africa due to their activities, a Special Rapporteur was elected in 2004 to ensure the monitoring of their situations. After the unit created in 2001 at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur of the ACHPR is the second regional special procedure to deal with the protection of human rights defenders.


The African Commission has given the Special Rapporteur the mandate to research, receive, examine and follow-up information on the situation of human rights defenders ; to submit reports on the situation of human rights to the ACHPR; to cooperate and engage in dialogue with member States, national human rights institutions, approved intergovernmental organisations, regional and international human rights protection mechanisms, human rights defenders and other actors; as well as to develop and recommend effective strategies to improve the situation of defenders and ensure the follow-up of these recommendations.


The following Special Rapporteurs have held the post:

  • Ms Jainaba Johm (2004-2005)
  • Ms Reine Alapini-Gansou (2006-2009)
  • Mr Mohamed Khalfallah (2010)
  • Ms Lucy Asuagbor (November 2010 - November 2011)
  • Ms Reine Alapini-Gansou (November 2011 - current)


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