The Human Rights Council should urgently address the deterioration of the human rights situation in Tunisia, four human rights organisations said today as the 53rd Council’s session is underway.
On 18 November 2021 the African Commission held a panel on the situation of African defenders in exile on the continent. The panel was moderated by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and benefited from input from a range of panellists. One of the main objectives of the panel was to present the draft report in order to gather contributions from various stakeholders.
“Perceived as troublemakers and as being against the development of their countries, for defenders exile often presents itself as the only option to remain safe,” said Remy Ngoy Lumbu, Chairperson of the African Commission and Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders.
While presenting the draft report, Arnold Tsunga, Director of the National Democratic Institute Zimbabwe, highlighted the resilience of defenders and the economic, political and psychological challenges they face in exile. He also shared some thoughts to reflect on a comprehensive protection mechanism for defenders in exile. The report analyses and shares findings on the following points:
- The threats faced by defenders forcing them into exile;
- Reports from defenders that exile has not silenced, and who continue their work from afar;
- Exile doesn’t mean more or guaranteed security;
- While the AU imposes a duty of integration of people in exile, exiled defenders often face greater economic and political challenges in their host countries;
- Deep impact on the mental health of defenders and their family members.
Honourable Commissioner Maya Fadel, Vice Chairperson and Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants in Africa ended by emphasising that defenders need to be linked to the existing categories of refugees and exiles to ensure they are taken cared of by the host country.
The study will soon be published on the website of the African Commission once all contributions collected during the panel are incorporated in the document.
On 10 May 2023, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) held a panel aiming to discuss ways to realise States’ obligations regarding the production of ESCR data and its use in policy-making, as well as how the Commission could work with States in realising them.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) examined the combined 12th to 15th periodic reports of the Republic of Senegal during its public session held from 3 to 13 May 2023 in Banjul, The Gambia. The report presents the progress made by Senegal to effectively implement the African Charter between 2015 and 2022.