African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is the judicial arm of the African Union and one of the three regional human rights courts together with the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human rights. It was established to protect the human and peoples’ rights in Africa principally through delivery of judgments. The Court has its permanent seat in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania.

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Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Conservation Centre Dodoma Road

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54th and 55th Combined Activity Reports African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Activity Report 8 March 2024
African Commission calls for respect for the right to peaceful protests in Kenya African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 21 July 2023
African Commission calls for targeted measures for ensuring free, fair, and credible elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 22 February 2023
African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Guidelines on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in Africa African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Guidelines 13 May 2022
African Human Rights Yearbook Volume 7 (2023) African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Generic Document 30 January 2024
Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights - 73OS African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Activity Report 29 October 2022
Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa - 73OS African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Activity Report 29 October 2022
Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA) - 71OS African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Activity Report 25 April 2022
Committee on the Prevention of Torture in Africa - 75OS African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Report 20 May 2023
Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV - 75OS African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Report 20 May 2023
Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV and those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV in Africa (the Committee) - 79OS African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Activity Report 14 May 2024
Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV (PLHIV), Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV - 71OS African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Activity Report 23 April 2022
Communication Procedure Organisation of African Unity - Information Sheet No.3 African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Generic Document 13 April 2021
Communiqué de presse sur la situation des droits de l’homme en République du Sénégal suite au report de l’élection présidentielle au 15 décembre 2024 African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Communique 14 February 2024
Communiqué de Presse sur le dépôt effectif par le Malawi et le Nigéria de leurs instruments de ratification du Protocole à la Charte Africaine des Droits de l'Homme et des Peuples relatif aux Droits des Personnes Handicapées en Afrique African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Communique 7 February 2024
Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa African Union Icon African Regional Bodies Declaration 10 November 2019
Draft Resolution: Burundi African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Resolution 9 April 2018
Draft Resolution on the renewal of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ Special Mechanisms’ mandates African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Resolution 10 November 2019
Final Communiqué of the 75th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 1 June 2023
General Comment No. 2 on Article 14.1 (a), (b), (c) and (f) and Article 14. 2 (a) and (c) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) General comment 28 November 2014
General Comment No. 3 on the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: The Right To Life African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) General comment 18 November 2015
General Comment No. 4: The Right to Redress for Victims of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Punishment or Treatment African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) General comment 4 March 2017
General Comment No. 5 on the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: The Right to Freedom of Movement and Residence African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) General comment 10 November 2019
General Comment No. 6 on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol): The Right to Property During Separation, Divorce or Annulment of Marriage African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) General comment 4 March 2020
General Comments No.1 on Article 14 (1) (d) and (e) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) General comment 6 November 2012
Guidelines for National Periodic Reports African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Guidelines 14 April 1989
Guidelines for submitting complaints African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Guidelines 13 April 2021
Guidelines on Access to Information and Elections in Africa African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Guidelines 15 November 2017
Hon Commissioner Idrissa Sow, Chairperson of the Working Group on Death Penalty in Africa addresses the UN Human Rights Council, calls on States to step up efforts towards abolition of the death penalty African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 4 March 2023
Joint side event on 'Corruption, Human RIghts and the Role of Anti-Corruption Human Rights Defencers in Africa' African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 19 October 2023
Kigali Declaration, 2003 African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Declaration 8 May 2003
Practice Directives African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Practice Direction 19 July 2021
Press release on the expulsion of Burkinabe refugees and asylum seekers by Ghana African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 22 July 2023
Press Release on the expulsion of sub-Saharan Migrants in the Libyan desert African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 11 July 2023
Press Release: Regional Seminar on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information for Lusophone Africa 1 to 3 February 2023, Johannesburg, South Africa African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 3 February 2023
Press Statement at the Conclusion of the Promotion Mission of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to The Republic Of Namibia African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 17 June 2023
Press Statement at the Conclusion of the Promotion Mission of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to the United Republic of Tanzania, 23-28 January 2023 African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 24 February 2023
Press Statement on reports of acts of brutality on the dead involving troops of the Southern Africa Development Community African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 15 January 2023
Press Statement on the brutal murder of prominent Swati human rights activist, Adv. Thulani Maseko African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 23 January 2023
Press Statement on Women's Political Participation in the Run-up to the August 2023 Presidential Elections in Zimbabwe African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 1 August 2023
Press Statement: The African Commission welcomes the accession of South Sudan to various regional and international human rights treaties African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Statement 26 February 2023
Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Fair Trial and Legal Assistance in Africa, 2003 African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Guidelines 29 May 2003
Rapporteur Spécial sur les réfugiés, demandeurs d’asile, personnes déplacées internes et les migrants en Afrique - 77OS African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Activity Report 27 October 2023
Recommendation on Periodic Reports African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Resolution 28 April 1988
Recommendation on the Financial Rules and Regulations Governing the Functioning of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Resolution 28 April 1988
Recommendation on the Headquarters of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Resolution 28 April 1988
Règles Portant Création et Fonctionnement Du Mécanisme D’alerte et De Rapport À La Commission Africaine Des Droits De L’homme Et Des Peuples Sur Les Situations De Torture Et Autres Peines Ou Traitements Cruels, Inhumains Ou Degradants Les Règles D’abidjan African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Guidelines 23 November 2022
Regulamentos Referentes À Criação E Funcionamento Do Mecanismo De Alerta E De Prestação De Informações À Comissão Africana Dos Direitos Humanos E Dos Povos Sobre Situações De Tortura E Outros Tratamentos Ou Castigos Cruéis, Desumanos Ou Degradantes Regulamentos De Abidjan African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Guidelines 23 November 2022
Report on the Production, Trade, and use of Tools of Torture in Africa African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Report 17 May 2023
Resolução sobre a renovação do Mandato da Comissão de Inquérito sobre a situação na região de Tigray da República Federal Democrática da Etiópia African Union Icon African Regional Bodies · African Union (AU) Resolution 28 September 2021