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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) is the African Union body responsible for monitoring implementation of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights.
It is made up of 11 Commissioners elected by the Conference of heads of State and government of the African Union, and has the task of promoting, protecting and interpreting the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

The ACHPR holds two ordinary sessions per year and can also meet in extraordinary session when necessary. Agenda items include consideration of communications and periodic reports, and also consideration of promotion activities and other matters proposed by the various participants in the work of the Commission, in particular non-governmental organisations.


FIACAT has had observer status with the ACHPR since 1991. Thus it takes part in the Commission's ordinary sessions to report on its concerns with regard to human rights violations on the African continent.

FIACAT takes a particular interest in the work of the Special Rapporteur on detention conditions in Africa, the Committee on Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA) and the Working Group on the death penalty and extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in Africa.

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Fact sheets on the ACHPR and its mechanisms



francis kone"My participation in the 59th session of the ACHPR provided an opportunity for ACAT CI to advocate at the regional level for an improvement in the detention conditions in Côte d’Ivoire.
All the concerns raised by ACAT CI were taken up by the Commission in the recommendations formulated during the review of our country at that session."

Francis Koné, ACAT Côte d’Ivoire


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