Human rights in Africa: Key moments at the ACHPR summit


4 November 2015

Human rights in Africa: Key moments at the ACHPR summit

Spokespeople and General Statement available

Amnesty International will make key recommendations on the human rights situation in more than a dozen African countries at the 57th session of the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights from 4 to 18 November.

The organization will highlight four main issues: violations and abuses of human rights committed both by government forces and armed groups in conflict situations; violations and abuses committed in the context of elections and political crises; and crackdowns on freedoms of expression, association, and assembly; and, looking forward to 2016 as the "African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of Women", the urgent need to address pervasive gender inequality and harmful discrimination that has manifested in violations of women and girls' human rights across the continent.

Amnesty International will make recommendations on the human rights situation in Burundi, DRC, Angola, CAR, Sudan, South Sudan, Guinea and Egypt. The organization will also offer analysis of the periodic reviews submitted by Burkina Faso, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Algeria. These periodic reviews are produced by states outlining progress on and implementation of and compliance with their human rights obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Amnesty International has submitted a shadow report in respect of the Sierra Leone report.

The organisation will deliver a General Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Africa on 5 November. Copy of Statement attached EMBARGOED UNTIL 5pm GMT, 5 November.