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Africa: 63rd session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Wednesday 24 October 2018, by siawi3

Source: International Service for Human Rights information, Tue 23 Oct, 20:48

ACHPR63 Alert

63rd session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Human Rights Monitor: African Commission Alert

The 63rd ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights will be held in Banjul, The Gambia from 24 October to 7 November 2018. The session will be preceded by the NGO Forum and 37th African Human Rights Book Fair, which will take place from 20 to 22 October 2018.

ISHR will monitor and report on key developments at the 63rd ordinary session of the African Commission. Follow us on Twitter at @ISHRglobal, @ISHR_fr and at #ACHPR63. Our staff can also be followed:@Adelaide_ISHR.
Click here for the African Commission’s provisional agenda
ACHPR63 | ISHR SIDE EVENT

20 years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders, where are we? The experience of the development of national laws for the promotion and protection of human rights defenders

25 October 2018
Labranda Coral Beach Hotel & Resort
Banjul, The Gambia

Today, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, it is important to assess the impact of the recent evolution in the protection of human rights defenders in Africa, more specifically in West Africa through the adoption of national protection laws in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali. What are the challenges for their full implementation? How can civil society initiatives be strengthened so that they impact the implementation of these mechanisms? These are the questions our panellists will try to answer during this side event.

Panellists:

Marthe Pedan Coulibaly, Coordinator of the Ivorian Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, Côte d’Ivoire
Djingarey Maiga, Coalition Malienne des Défenseurs des Droits Humains, Mali
Alphonsus Gbanie, Executive Secretary of the Human Rights Defenders Network, Sierra Leone
Ella Mindja, Advocacy Officer at SOS Multisectorial Legal Information, the Democratic Republic of Congo
Pr Rémy Ngoy Lumbu, African Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

NGO FORUM | PANEL DISCUSSIONS

The objective of the NGO Forum is to foster closer collaboration among NGOs and the African Commission for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights in Africa, prior to the African Commission’s ordinary sessions. Since the African Union declared 2018 as the ’African Anti–Corruption Year’, the overall theme for this session will be: ’ The African Union convention on preventing and combatting corruption: winning or losing the fight’.

Panel discussions

The NGO Forum will feature several panel discussions, focusing on the impact of corruption in Africa and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights as well as the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders.

Panel 1: The Year of Combatting Corruption- Opportunities & Challenges – 20 October 2018
Panel 5: The Proposed African Union Reforms and their Implications for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights – 21 October 2018
Panel 7: Maputo Protocol @ 15: reigniting CSOs efforts towards universal ratification, domestication and implementation – 22 October 2018
Panel 8: UDHR @ 70 – 22 October 2018
Panel 9: Promoting Safety of Journalists and Confronting Impunity – 22 October 2018