Hundreds to convene for ACHPR ordinary session   

ARUSHA: More than 700 delegates are expected in Arusha later this month for 77th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).

Scheduled for October 20 to November 9 this year, session will be preceded by an NGO Forum, which will be held in Arusha from 16 to 18 October 2023.

Briefing reporters on Saturday, Constitution and Legal Affairs, Pindi Chana disclosed that President Samia Suluhu Hassan was expected to grace the event.

“When the request of hosting the event came from Banjul, we simply said, mindful of the importance it has in marketing and promoting the country on tourism fronts,” explained the Minister.

Among the issues that will dominate proceedings at the Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which is slated to take place at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), will be the African Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on 21 October.

Delegates will also assess the status of Human and People’s Rights in Africa, launch Commission’s archives and jounrlas and receive each country’s update, as far as far Human and People’s Rights is concerned, according to Dr Chana.

Under article 62 of the African Charter, States are obliged to submit a report every two years on the legislative and other measures taken with a view to giving effect to the rights and freedoms recognised and guaranteed by the Charter.

The African Charter established the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The Commission was inaugurated on November 2, 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Commission’s Secretariat has subsequently been located in Banjul, The Gambia.

In addition to performing any other tasks, which may be entrusted to it by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the Commission is officially charged with three major functions which include the protection of human and peoples’ rights, the promotion of human and peoples’ rights and the interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.


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