ISHR and RFK call on the Superior Court of Justice of Lima, Perú, to ensure the mining company ‘Yanococha’ is held accountable for violating the human rights of Elmer Campos and other defenders, attacked during a protest.
The statement delivered by ISHR shared some concerns about the lack of institutional involvement of defenders in the protection mechanism in Côte d’Ivoire.
“While we welcome the institutional involvement of civil society in the mechanisms in Mali and Burkina Faso, we regret that this is not yet the case in Côte d’Ivoire” stated Stéphanie Wamba, ISHR’s Africa Programme Advocate.
ISHR reminded the Commission of its report which presented a disturbing pattern of intimidation and reprisals in several African countries against civil society working with African human rights mechanisms and the need for the mandate of the Focal point on reprisals to publish their overdue first report on reprisals.
“For the African human rights system to function at its best, human rights defenders need to be able to share crucial opinions and information about situations on the ground” added Stéphanie Wamba.
To conclude ISHR reminded the Commission of the efforts made so far for the legislative protection of defenders in Africa and the importance to ensure those are in line with the content and spirit of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders.
“We call on the Rapporteur to continue to support and accompany civil society and States in adopting laws and policies in line with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders” concluded Stéphanie Wamba.
Civil society groups are united in rejecting the bill that seeks to limit NGOs’ ability to access resources including foreign funding.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) examined the combined report of the 12th and 13th periodic reports of the Republic of Kenya during the virtual session held from 21 April to 13 May 2022. The report presents the progress made by the country regarding the state of human rights in Kenya.