NGO Forum and the 49th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human & Peoples' Rights
Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:34


The biannual session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) will start today (28 April) and run until 12 May. It has been preceded by the regular NGO Forum (25 – 27 April).


The NGO Forum finished yesterday after examining a range of human rights issues including the situation of human rights defenders, disability rights and enforced disappearances. Panel discussions held yesterday focused on human rights associated with sexual orientation and gender identity; and on HIV/AIDs and human rights. ISHR also chaired a panel discussion yesterday that provided an update on developments at the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council, with particular attention to how grassroots activism has contributed to these developments and how such activism will be essential in the effective implementation of UN resolutions. The Forum concluded with the adoption of four country resolutions and ten thematic resolutions, plus several declarations, designed to inform and influence the ACHPR when it meets for its Ordinary Session, from today.


During the ACHPR's Ordinary Session it will consider the State reports of Burkina Faso and Namibia. Whilst the periodic report of Libya is also scheduled, it is not known whether it will be considered relevant given the current political situation in the country. Individual Commissioners and Special Rapporteurs will present reports on their activities during the last six months, and reports on visits to Sudan, Mozambique and Tunisia will be considered for adoption at the Session.


ISHR will be participating at the 49th Session of the ACHPR and will provide information on developments both during and after the session.


For more on the previous NGO Forums and the 48th Session of the ACHPR (with analysis of the relationship between human rights defenders and the Commission) please click here.


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