The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary at its 61st ordinary session being held in Gambia’s Banjul.
Outgoing chair of the ACHPR, Pansy Tlakula, said at least 45 sessions were held in Banjul since the commission’s establishment in 1987.
“We were under pressure by human rights NGOs to relocate the commission from Banjul due to human rights violations taking place in the country for the past two decades. We resisted to stay and today situation has changed in the country towards real democracy,” she said.
Several human rights organizations across Africa and beyond had criticized the ACHPR for not relocating due to persistent rights abuses under the rule of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.
Meanwhile, Gambia’s current president Adama Barrow announced that the country is on fundraising process to construct the permanent secretariat of the ACHPR in Banjul.
ACHPR’s Commissioner for Political Affairs Mme Minata SamateCessouma urged member states to consider their promises in relations to the commission and human rights. Enditem