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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

  

Former Commissioners

Commissioner Function Year
Adv. Faith Pansy Tlakula (Ms)

Adv. Faith Pansy Tlakula (Ms)

South Africa

Commissioner

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Member

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities

Working Group Member

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Special Rapporteur

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Chairperson

2005-2017
Madame Reine Alapini-Gansou

Madame Reine Alapini-Gansou

Benin

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Member

Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV

Working Group Member

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Member

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Member

Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities

Working Group Member

2005-2017
Med S.K. Kaggwa

Med S.K. Kaggwa

Uganda

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa

Working Group Member

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Member

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Member

2011-2017
Mohamed Bechir Khalfallah

Mohamed Bechir Khalfallah

Tunisia

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Member

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Chairperson

2009-2015
Pacifique Manirakiza

Pacifique Manirakiza

Burundi

Commissioner

Working Group on Communications

Working Group Member

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Member

2011-2015
Catherine Dupe Atoki

Catherine Dupe Atoki

Nigeria

Commissioner

Commissioner

Commission Chairperson

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Member

Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

2007-2013
Ibrahim Ali Badawi El-Sheikh

Ibrahim Ali Badawi El-Sheikh

Egypt

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

Commission Vice-chairperson

2011-2003
Mohamed Fayek

Mohamed Fayek

Egypt

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons

Special Rapporteur

2009-2011
Mumba Malila

Mumba Malila

Zambia

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa

Special Rapporteur

Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa

Working Group Member

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Member

2005-2011
Musa Ngary Bitaye

Musa Ngary Bitaye

Gambia

Commissioner

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Member

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Member

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Chairperson

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Member

2005-2011
Angela Melo

Angela Melo

Mozambique

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women

Special Rapporteur

Advisory Committee on Budgetary and Staff Matters

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Chairperson

2001-2009
Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga

Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga

Tanzania

Commissioner

Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa

Working Group Member

Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons

Special Rapporteur

2003-2009
Sanji Mmasenono Monageng

Sanji Mmasenono Monageng

Botswana

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Member

2003-2009
Kamel Rezag-Bara

Kamel Rezag-Bara

Algeria

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

Commissioner

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Member

Working Group on Fair Trial

Working Group Chairperson

1995-2007
Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Babana

Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Babana

Mauritania

Commissioner

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Member

Working Group on Specific Issues Related to the work of the African Commission

Working Group Member

2003-2007
Salamata Sawadogo

Salamata Sawadogo

Burkina Faso

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

2001-2007
Yaser Sid Ahmed El-Hassan

Yaser Sid Ahmed El-Hassan

Sudan

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Working Group Member

2001-2007
Andrew Ranganayi Chigovera

Andrew Ranganayi Chigovera

Zimbabwe

Commissioner

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Chairperson

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Special Rapporteur

Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa

Working Group Member

1999-2005
Emmanuel Victor Oware Dankwa

Emmanuel Victor Oware Dankwa

Ghana

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa

Special Rapporteur

1993-2005
Jainaba Johm

Jainaba Johm

Gambia

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa

Special Rapporteur

1999-2005
Vera Mlanguzwa Chirwa

Vera Mlanguzwa Chirwa

Malawi

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa

Special Rapporteur

1999-2005
Barney Pityana

Barney Pityana

South Africa

Commissioner

1997-2003
Mohammed Ben Salem

Mohammed Ben Salem

Tunisia

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution

Special Rapporteur

1992-2003
Florence Butegwa

Florence Butegwa

Uganda

Commissioner

1999-2001
Isaac  Nguema

Isaac Nguema

Gabon

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

1987-2001
Julienne Ondziel-Gnelenga

Julienne Ondziel-Gnelenga

Congo

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women

Special Rapporteur

1995-2001
Vera Valentina de Melo Duarte Martins

Vera Valentina de Melo Duarte Martins

Cape Verde

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

1993-1999
Youssoupha Ndiaye

Youssoupha Ndiaye

Senegal

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

1987-1999
Alioune Mahmoud Blondin Beye

Alioune Mahmoud Blondin Beye

Mali

Commissioner

1987-1998
Robert Habesh Kisanga

Robert Habesh Kisanga

Tanzania

Commissioner

1987-1997
U. Oji Umozurike

U. Oji Umozurike

Nigeria

Commission Chairperson

Commissioner

1989-1997
Sourahata B. Semega Janneh

Sourahata B. Semega Janneh

Gambia

Commissioner

1987-1995
Alexis Gabou

Alexis Gabou

Congo

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

1987-1993
Ali Mahoud Bouhedma

Ali Mahoud Bouhedma

Libya

Commissioner

1987-1993
Moleleki D. Mokama

Moleleki D. Mokama

Botswana

Commissioner

1987-1993
Chama L.C. Mubanga-Chipoya

Chama L.C. Mubanga-Chipoya

Zambia

Commission Vice-chairperson

Commissioner

1987-1992
Grace Stuart Ibingira

Grace Stuart Ibingira

Uganda

Commissioner

1987-1989

The Commission

The Information & Documentation Centre

The major goal of the Information and Documentation Centre (IDOC) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), is to provide appropriate, reliable, timely and efficient information services to the Commission, the Secretariat, and other users, as appropriate

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Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 2010. Adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights during its 47th ordinary session held in Banjul, The Gambia from 12 to 26 May, 2010. The detailed activities and procedures of the Commission are regulated by its Rules of Procedure. The Commission adopted its first Rules of Procedure in 1988, during its 2nd Ordinary Session held in Dakar (Senegal) from February 2 to 13, 1988. The Rules were amended revised during its 18th ordinary session held in Praia (Cape-Vert) from 2 to 11 October 1995.

With the advent of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Commission developed new Rules of Procedure. These Rules were approved by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during its 47th ordinary session held in Banjul (The Gambia) from 12 to 26 May and entered into force on 18 August 2010.

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A guide to the African Human Rights System

A guide to the African Human Rights System

This guide, published in 2001, provides an introductory background to the African human rights system

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