The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights 53rd Ordinary Session was held from 9 to 23 April 2013. This issue of Kumulika covers key developments at the session and the preceding NGO Forum.
Countries referred to in the report include Eritrea, Mali and Sudan. Some of the key themes addressed include the role and functioning of the NGO Forum, women human rights defenders, reprisals, sexual orientation and gender identity, and development of a model law on access to information.
The relationship between the African Commission and the African Court and national human rights institutions is also examined. This issue features reports from the Commission's special rapporteurs on human rights defenders, the rights of women, freedom of expression and access to information, and working groups on older persons, and on extractive industries.