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Resolution on the Co-operation Between the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and NGOs Having Observer Status with the Commission 1998.






Therefore , the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, meeting at its 24th Ordinary Session from 22 - 31 October 1998, in Banjul, The Gambia,

Recalling that the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, which entered into force on 21 October 1986, mandates the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights under article 45 (1)(c) to co-operate with other African national and international institutions concerned with the promotion and protection of human and peoples' rights,

Recalling further its decision taken during its Second Ordinary Session held in Dakar, Senegal, in February 1988, to grant observer status to NGOs working in the field of human rights in Africa,

Also recalling rules 75 and 76 of the Commission's Rules of Procedure which further emphasise this co-operation,

Aware of the Mauritius Plan of Action which emphasises the importance of co-operation with NGOs,

Convinced that such co-operation will provide NGOs with the support and opportunity to work closely with the Commission, and recognising the invaluable role institutions such as NGOs can play in the enhancement of human rights in Africa,

Further convinced that for any meaningful co-operation to take place, there has to be commitment and reciprocity on the part of all parties,

Bearing in mind the decision taken at its 11th Ordinary Session requiring all NGOs having observer status to submit their activity reports to the Commission at least once every two years,

Convinced that the submission of activity reports by NGOs is a way of enhancing the protection of human rights, and the co-operation between the Commission and NGOs,

Firmly convinced that the said reports can be very invaluable not only to the Commission, but also to the ever increasing number of human rights workers around the world,

Considering the request of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the OAU to review the criteria for granting observer status to NGOs:


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