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The 69th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on human and peoples’ rights will be held from 15 November to 5 December 2021. 

 

This Ordinary Session will focus on the Human Rights Situation in Africa. African State Delegates will submit statements and reports as well as statements will be submitted by the African Union organs with a human rights mandate. 

 

International NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions and NGOs will submit shadow reports to counter those submitted by the member states. 

 

Three countries’s reports will reviewed in 2021. That is: KENYA, NAMIBIA AND ESWATINI. 

 

Advocacy will be conducted for the ratification of the protocol on the rights of Older Persons and Protocol on the rights of persons with disabilities. 

 

On day 3, chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and special rapporteurs will submit statements on various issues. 

 

Kenya, Namibia and Eswatini will have a chance to submit their reports for review and the representatives of those countries will be asked questions on some of the issues they will raise. 

 

To better understand the human rights in Africa, I encourage you to read the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This is an international instrument used to protect human rights. 

 

The African Charter is the only treaty ratified by all African states. The protocol to the charter was adopted in 1998. 

 

The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) was established by the African charter and was inaugurated on 2 November 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

The Commission’s Secretariat has subsequently been located in Banjul, The Gambia.

 

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