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ACHPR67 | Commissioners present their activity reports

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During the 67th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR or the Commission), ISHR delivered statements during the interactive dialogue regarding activity reports of the Commissioners of the Commission under item ­6. The statements reminded the importance of protecting women's rights, raised concerns about the situation of human rights defenders facing intimidation, reprisals, and restriction, and noted that abuses against environmental, land, and indigenous people’s defenders continue to increase across Africa.

ACHPR67 | Stop the violent repression of protests in Africa

On 24 November, ISHR delivered a statement on the situation of human rights in Africa, with a particular focus on the restrictions to freedom of assembly in Africa and the recent arrests of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights’ (EIPR) staff in Egypt.

Cote d’Ivoire│The law on the promotion and protection of human rights defenders needs to be implemented

Since the adoption of the law on the promotion and protection of human rights defenders in 2014 and its implementation decree in 2017, the use of the law by defenders remains shy. In a context where measures adopted by States to stop the spread of COVID-19 have seriously restricted civic space, this workshop was an opportunity to address the effective use of the law by defenders through experience sharing as well as the importance to own its content.

Cote d’Ivoire | Establish a mechanism to protect human rights defenders

As part of Cote d’Ivoire’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review, ISHR and the Ivorian Coalition on Human Rights call on the Cote d’Ivoire government to establish a mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders to ensure the full implementation of the protection law adopted in 2015.