AU Watch

Africa Human Rights Day

On 21 October 1986, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights came into force thereby forming the basis for the commemoration of the Africa Human Rights Day. The African Human Rights Day, which is celebrated annually across the continent on 21October, provides Africa with an opportunity to reflect, take stock and recommit to the solemn declaration undertaken by the African leaders and the African people to promote and safeguard human and peoples’ rights on the continent. The commemoration is also meant to continuously awaken greater awareness of the African peoples and the international community on the value of life and humanity, and to renew our collective commitment to promote, protect and uphold the fundamental human rights.

 Significance of the Day: 38 years ago, in Nairobi, Kenya (1981), the continent’s main text on human and peoples’ rights – the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unityinstitutionalising and formalizing Africa’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights on the continent.

Progress to Date: Since the adoption of the Charter, significant progress has been made at national, regional and continental levels. A number of institutions dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights have been established and the related normative framework enriched, with the adoption of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, as well as a number of protocols, including the Protocol to the Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, which is provided for in Article 30 of the African Charteron Human and Peoples’ Rights, became operational in November 1987.

Date: 21 October 2020

Time:  8 am – 6 pm

Venue: Kairaba Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia

Event Description

The 65th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights