517 NGOs, which are advancing and defending human rights on the continent, are facing the threat of having their participation in the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) limited or even withdrawn owing to a decision by the African Union to limit the independence of the ACHPR.
Over the last thirty years, the ACHPR has helped ensure justice for those who have experienced human rights violations across the continent. It instructed the Nigerian government to pay compensation to the Ogoni people who experienced a range of rights violations due to oil extractivism and environmental degradation; provided redress to women who suffered sexual violence during public demonstrations and stopped those who had not received fair trials from being executed and
recognised the right to development in Kenya and interpreted the only international human rights treaty that recognises land and indigenous people’s rights in the country.
Over and above this, the ACHPR has also set progressive human rights norms on a range of other ‘controversial’ issues - from abortion to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The erosion of its' independence would put under threat its ability to protect and uphold the human rights of the very people it was created to serve.
If enough organisations come together, we can pressure the Executive Council of the African Union to stop leading the ACHPR to default on set human rights standards.
Add your name to support this statement demanding the independence of the ACHPR
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