The 52nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) took place in Yamoussoukro (Côte d’Ivoire) from 8 to 22 October 2012. This session marked the 25th anniversary of the Commission. FIACAT and ACAT Cote d’Ivoire attended the session in order to share their concerns about the situation of human rights in Africa.
Human rights in Cote d’Ivoire
Before this session FIACAT and ACAT Cote d’Ivoire prepared an alternative report to the initial report of the State to present the situation of human rights in Cote d’Ivoire to the Commissioners of the ACHPR. Particular emphasis was placed on protecting the right to life, ban on torture, conditions of detention in Cote d’Ivoire and access to justice.
The majority of the recommendations contained in the report of FIACAT were included in the Commissioners’ questions addressed to the Minister of Human Rights in Cote d’Ivoire during the review of the report of the State.
Alternative report FIACAT and ACAT Cote d’Ivoire (Executive summary)
The death penalty in Africa
On 10 October 2012, on the occasion of the 10th World Day against the Death Penalty, FIACAT, in partnership with Penal Reform International and FIDH, organized a roundtable on10 years of abolitionist struggle in Africa.
The roundtable enabledthe Working Group on the death penalty of the ACHPR to present its activities. FIACAT presented different strategies that have advanced on the road to abolition in Africa.
During this roundtable, a representative of the state of Cote d’Ivoire has recalled the commitment of Cote d’Ivoire in favour of abolition. Cote d’Ivoire has also pledged to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to abolish the death penalty. Ms. Kayitesi also presented a report on the activities of the Working Group on the death penalty since its creation in 2005. In response to this assessment, FIACAT intervened on behalf of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty.