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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Network

Non-governmental organizations

NGOs play a prominent role in the activities of the Commission. Primarily, they draw the attention of the Commission to violations of the Charter, bring communications on behalf of individuals, monitor states' compliance with the Charter, and help to increase awareness about the Commission's activities by organizing conferences and other activities.

NGOs participate in the Commission's public sessions and engage with the reporting procedure by submitting shadow reports and popularising concluding observations.

Since 1988, the Commission has been granting observer status to NGOs. NGOs having observer status with the Commission are required to submit a report of their activities every two years.


NGO State Session
Unwanted Witness Uganda 64th Ordinary Session

April 24 to May 14 , 2019

HAKI (Humanity, Action, Knowledge, Integrity) Africa Togo 63rd Ordinary Session

October 24 to November 13 , 2018

Observatoire Ivoirien des Droits de l`Homme (OIDH) Cote d'Ivoire 62nd Ordinary Session

April 25 to May 09 , 2018

Alkhatim Adlan Centre for Enligtenment and Human Development (KACE) Uganda 62nd Ordinary Session

April 25 to May 09 , 2018

Dream Factory Foundation South Africa 62nd Ordinary Session

April 25 to May 09 , 2018

The Centre for Citizen’s Participation on the African Union Kenya 61st Ordinary Session

November 01 to November 15 , 2017

Reprieve United Kingdom 61st Ordinary Session

November 01 to November 15 , 2017

The Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit 61st Ordinary Session

November 01 to November 15 , 2017

The African Child Policy Forum Ethiopia 61st Ordinary Session

November 01 to November 15 , 2017

Association Angola 2000 Angola 60th Ordinary Session

May 08 to May 22 , 2017

HelpAge International Kenya 60th Ordinary Session

May 08 to May 22 , 2017

Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance Malawi 60th Ordinary Session

May 08 to May 22 , 2017

Ensemble contre la Peine de Mort 60th Ordinary Session

May 08 to May 22 , 2017

Coalition Mondiale contre la Peine de Mort France 60th Ordinary Session

May 08 to May 22 , 2017

Association pour le Developpment de la Promotion des Droits Humains (ADPDH) Mauritania 60th Ordinary Session

May 08 to May 22 , 2017

Centre d’Information et de Formation en Matriere de Droits Humains en Afrique (CIFDHA) Burkina Faso 60th Ordinary Session

May 08 to May 22 , 2017

La Clinique Juridique de l’Université de Goma Democratic Republic of the Congo 59th Ordinary Session

October 21 to November 04 , 2016

The International Center for Not-For-Profit Law United States 59th Ordinary Session

October 21 to November 04 , 2016

The Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD) Rwanda 59th Ordinary Session

October 21 to November 04 , 2016

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre South Africa 59th Ordinary Session

October 21 to November 04 , 2016

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders – Kenya 59th Ordinary Session

October 21 to November 04 , 2016

Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV/AIDS (KELIN) Kenya 59th Ordinary Session

October 21 to November 04 , 2016

Environnement Ressources Naturelles et Développement 58th Ordinary Session

April 06 to April 20 , 2016

The Human Rights Implementation Centre 58th Ordinary Session

April 06 to April 20 , 2016

Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRPAF) 58th Ordinary Session

April 06 to April 20 , 2016

Center for Health, Human Rights & Development 58th Ordinary Session

April 06 to April 20 , 2016

International Detention Coalition Togo 58th Ordinary Session

April 06 to April 20 , 2016

Under the Same Sun Fund Tanzania 57th Ordinary Session

November 04 to November 18 , 2015

The West African Institute for Legal Aid Gambia 57th Ordinary Session

November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre (WARDC) Nigeria 57th Ordinary Session

November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Initiative for Social and Economic Rights Uganda 57th Ordinary Session

November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Economic & Social Rights Centre (HakiJamii) Kenya 57th Ordinary Session

November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Domestics and Sexual Violence Uganda 57th Ordinary Session

November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Association Djazairouna Algeria 57th Ordinary Session

November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Mouvement des Jeunes Pour le Reveil et Developpement (MJRD) Benin 57th Ordinary Session

November 04 to November 18 , 2015

Pan African Lawyers Union [PALU] 56th Ordinary Session

April 21 to May 07 , 2015

Universal Rights Group 56th Ordinary Session

April 21 to May 07 , 2015

International Lawyers.Org Switzerland 56th Ordinary Session

April 21 to May 07 , 2015

Global Forum for the Defense of Human Rights Association Cameroon 56th Ordinary Session

April 21 to May 07 , 2015

Asylum Access Tanzania 56th Ordinary Session

April 21 to May 07 , 2015

The Legal Assistance Trust Namibia 56th Ordinary Session

April 21 to May 07 , 2015

ACIIDH (DRC)- 478 Democratic Republic of the Congo 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

RENADHOC (DRC) - 477 Democratic Republic of the Congo 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

CEDEN (DRC) - 476 Democratic Republic of the Congo 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

ONVT (Algeria) - 475 Algeria 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

ABDD (Benin) - 474 Benin 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

FEPDHA (Burkina Faso) - 473 Burkina Faso 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Humanitaire Plus (Togo) - 472 Togo 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Reporters Without Borders - Sweden (Sweden) - 471 Sweden 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Tanzania HRD Coalition (Tanzania) - 470 Tanzania 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

WaterLex (Switzerland) - 469 Switzerland 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Sonke Gender Justice Network (South Africa) - 468 South Africa 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Refugee Consortium of Kenya (Kenya) - 467 Kenya 55th Ordinary Session

April 28 to May 12 , 2014

Association burundaise pour la protection des droits humains et des personnes détenues Burundi 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Bureau International Catholique de l’Enfance 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Ngo Playdoo - CI Cote d'Ivoire 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Avocats Sans Frontières 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Natural Justice South Africa 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Prison Fellowship Nigeria Nigeria 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Sustainable Development Institute Liberia 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Women’s Legal Centre South Africa 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

PINGO’s Forum Tanzania 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Human Rights Centre Uganda Uganda 54th Ordinary Session

October 22 to November 05 , 2013

Action pour la Protection des droits de l’homme Cote d'Ivoire 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

Soutien aux prisonniers en Côte d’Ivoire, (SOPCI) Cote d'Ivoire 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) Kenya 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

International Federation of Women Lawyers Association Nigeria 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO) Gambia 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

Muslims for Human Rights Kenya 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

Endorois Welfare Council of Kenya Kenya 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

Federation of African Journalists Senegal 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

CRADLE, The Children Foundation Kenya 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

Positive Generation Cameroon 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

Collectif Des Association Contre L’impuntite Au Togo Togo 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

Femina international 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

Confédération syndicale Internationale – Afrique (CSI-A) Togo 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

African Centre for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV) Uganda 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

West African Bar Association (WABA) Nigeria 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

Transformation Resource Center Lesotho 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sight Savers) Ghana 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

African Union for the Blind 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya Kenya 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) Namibia 52nd Ordinary Session

October 09 to October 22 , 2012

Zimbabwe Election Support Network Zimbabwe 51st Ordinary Session

April 18 to May 02 , 2012

African Freedom of Information Centre Uganda 51st Ordinary Session

April 18 to May 02 , 2012

Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa Uganda 51st Ordinary Session

April 18 to May 02 , 2012

Centre Feminine pour la Démocratie et les Droits Humains Cote d'Ivoire 51st Ordinary Session

April 18 to May 02 , 2012

World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) South Africa 51st Ordinary Session

April 18 to May 02 , 2012

Amnesty International 3rd Ordinary Session

April 18 to April 28 , 1988

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States which have 0 - 5 NGO's 28
States which have 6 - 10 NGO's 13
States which have 11 - 15 NGO's 6
States which have 16 - 20 NGO's 4
States which have more than 20 NGO's 4

Criteria for grant of NGO observer status

  1. The objectives of the NGO must be in consonance with the principles of the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act, the preamble to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol);
  2. Be NGOs working in the field of human rights in Africa;
  3. Written application to the Secretariat which must be accompanied by a set of documents which are enumerated in the Resolution below:

Resolution on the Criteria for Granting and Enjoying Observer Status to Non-Governmental Organizations Working in the field of Human and Peoples’ Rights

NGO Forum

The NGO Forum, organised by the Banjul-based African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, serves as a medium through which NGOs acquaint themselves with the Commission’s activities. 
Website: http://www.acdhrs.org/