Expansion of the mandate of the Working Group to include issues of extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary killings

October 2012

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During its 52nd Ordinary Session, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights decided in its Resolution 227 to to expand the mandate of the Working Group to include issues of extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary killings.

The Working Group is now called The Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary killings in Africa.

The additional mandate of the Working Group is now to:
- Monitor situations relating to extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary killings in all its ramifications;
- Collect information and keep a database of reported instances of situations concerning extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary killings in Africa;
- Undertake studies on issues of relevance to extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary killings;
- Advise the Commission on urgent measures to be taken to address situations of extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary killings that require immediate attention;
- Respond effectively to information that comes before it, in particular when an extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary killing is imminent or when such a killing has occurred;
- Submit its findings, conclusions and recommendations on the situation of extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary killings to each session of the Commission.

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