African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Session 32 (17-30 October 2002), Information for Participants.


32nd Ordinary Session

17th 31st October 2002

Banjul, The Gambia





1.   General


The 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) will be held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 17th to 31st October 2002


The venue of the Session is the Kairaba Beach Hotel, Tel (220) 462940 / 462942; Fax (220) 462947; Email:

The opening session is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on 17th October 2002 at the Jamma Hall Meeting Room.


2.   Credentials


Delegates and other participants are kindly requested to bring their official credentials duly signed by the appropriate authorities of their Governments or their respective organisations and hand them to the ACHPR Secretariat prior to registration.


3.   Registration and identification badges


Participants are required to register and obtain identification badges prior to the opening of the Session. There will be a registration counter for this purpose in the main lobby area outside the Conference Hall. For those participants arriving late, registration can be done upon arrival.

For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their badges at all times during the Session and at social functions.





4.   Immigration requirements


All travellers arriving in Banjul, The Gambia should have a valid passport. Entry visas are required for all nationals who are not citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and can be obtained at the Gambia Diplomatic and Consular Representations abroad. Each participant is therefore strongly requested to check the existence and the location of these Representations with the Ministry of Foreign/External Affairs of his/her country so as to obtain a visa before arriving in Banjul. Holders of OAU and UN Laissez-Passers and diplomatic passports are issued free of charge with an entry visa upon arrival at the airport in Banjul. There is no Airport tax in the Gambia.


Participants should send flight information to the ACHPR Secretariat Tel: (220) 392962; Fax: (220) 390764


5.   Health requirements


Visitors require yellow fever inoculations. Participants are requested to take the necessary vaccination and travel with their vaccination cards.


6.   Weather


During the month of October, The Gambia may experience a few rains, however, this period could also be very hot and humid. The temperature varies between 30C and 35C. It is thus advisable to carry some light clothes, preferably cotton.


7.   Foreign exchange and banks


All major convertible currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged in The Gambia. The local currency is the Dalasi. The current exchange rate is around D20 for US$1.


Exchange operations can be done at the airport, the banks and hotels. Banks are open to the public from Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00am to 1.30pm in the afternoon and on Fridays from 8.00am to 11.00am (GMT). It should be noted that some banks like the Standard Chartered Bank opens to the public on Saturday mornings. The following are the principal operational banks:


      Standard Chartered Bank, tel: (220) 228681 / 228683; fax: (220) 227714; Email:

      Trust Bank Ltd; tel: (220) 225771 / 225778; Fax: (220) 225781; Email:

      Continent Bank; tel: (220) 222000 / 229962; fax: (220) 229711; Email:

      First international Bank Ltd; tel: (220) 202004 / 202005 / 202001; Email: FIB@GAMTEL.GM

      Arab Gambian Islamic Bank Ltd; tel: (220) 222222 / 223771; Fax: (220) 228688

      Guarantee Trust Gambia Ltd.; tel: (220) / 376388; 376389



8 Airline reservations


A number of international airlines operate regularly to and from Banjul. A travel agency will be available at the Conference venue for flight reconfirmation or any other assistance. However, it is strongly recommended that participants secure their return/onward flights prior to their departure for Banjul. Working hours of the main travel agencies are from 8.00am to 5.00pm. The following are the main travel agents and airlines operating in The Gambia:


      SN Brussels Airlines; tel: (220) 494687 / 496309 / 496300 / 496301 / 496302 / 496303; fax: (220) 496299

      Air Senegal International; tel: (220) 202117 / 202118

      Banjul Travel Agency; tel: (220) 228813 / 228473 / 228471; Fax: (220) 225583

      Continental Travels; tel: (220) 224058 / 224059; Fax: (220) 224118 / 223871

      Gambia International Airlines ; tel : (220) 472757 / 223703 / 374100 / 223700 ; Fax : (220) 472750 ; Email :

      Globe Travel Agency ; tel : (220) 224490 / 224970

      The Atlantic Airlines (G) LTD ; tel : (220) 372995 / 372951 / 370518 ; fax : (220) 390062 / 396620 ; Email :

      Ghana Airways; tel: (220) 226913 / 228245 / 229372; fax: (220) 225884; Email:

      Air Guinea Company; tel: (220) 223296; mobile: (220) 994357

      Belleview Airlines; tel: (220) 370594; fax: (220) 373606


q       Participants are therefore strongly requested to check in their respective countries the best itinerary to travel to and from Banjul.


9.   Electricity


The voltage in The Gambia is 220V AC accessible with 3 pins normal chairman plug.


10. Privileges and Immunities


Without prejudice to the privileges, immunities and facilities accorded to all participants, everyone must respect the laws and regulations of the Republic of The Gambia and to refrain from interference in the internal affairs of the country.


No one is allowed to enter or photograph an area designated as prohibited or restricted. Breach of such regulations should be avoided at all times. If in doubt, please seek advice.


11. Hotel accommodation


For participants accommodation, there are a variety of hotels in Banjul. A certain number of hotels are around the Conference Centre. The prices of hotel rooms are generally given in Gambian Dalasis. The indications on the List of Hotels (Room prices) are special rates offered to the Government of The Gambia for the 32nd Ordinary Session and are not the usual room prices.


Participants travelling to Banjul are advised to inform the Secretariat not later than 30th September 2002 to enable the latter to make booking arrangements. The list of hotels with their specifications (name of hotel, room prices in Gambian Dalasis for the different types of rooms available, facilities offered, address of the hotel and the distance between it and the Conference Centre, the Airport and the city centre) is provided at the end of this information note.


12. Reception on arrival


Provided that advance notice is given, participants will be met on arrival at the Banjul International Airport and will be assisted with the formalities regarding immigration, customs, etc. Consequently, expected date and time of arrival in Banjul with flight details should be notified as soon as possible to the ACHPR Secretariat. Any subsequent changes should be similarly communicated to the ACHPR Secretariat.


13. Transport for State Delegates


Transportation on arrival and departure for Member States delegates will be provided.


14. Documents


Participants will get the working documents of the Session at the time of registration. Participants are also advised to seek formal and written authorisation from the Secretary to the Commission for the distribution of their documents at the conference area. No documents will be circulated without the written authorisation of the Secretary to the Commission.

List of hotels



Hotel Name

ROOM PRICE (Gambian Dalasis) 1 USD @ D20

Facilities offered




1st Category


2nd Category


1st Category


2nd Category




1. Kairaba


















157 standard rooms in total, but only 30 of them will be available for the Session. Including breakfast, room service, refrigerator, TV with satellite, swimming pool seaside, bar with view over the swimming pool, direct dialling telephone facilities, internet connection, key card system and in-house video.

Lunch = 150 dalasis

Dinner = 200 dalasis


The Kairaba Beach Hotel

P.M.B.390 Serrekunda

The Gambia, West Africa.

Tel.: (220) 462940 / 1 / 2

Fax: (220) 462947




30mn from Banjul International







2. TafBel














90 Standard rooms with Multi-channelled T.V, air conditioned, direct dialling telephone facilities, swimming pool, safe deposit boxes in rooms, bar and restaurant; breakfast included.

Lunch = 100 dalasis

Dinner= 120 dalasis



P.O.Box 121

Banjul, The Gambia

Tel: (220) 460510 / 460511 / 460512 / 460514

Fax: (220) 460515


or http//


30 mn from Banjul International



Very close to the Conference Centre
















































14 rooms, self-catering. Matured garden Twenty-four hour Security and Reception Service, Satellite T.V with 5 channels, Direct dialling Telephone facility, Spacious and fully air-conditioned.


P.O.Box 121

Banjul, The Gambia

Tel: (220) 461024 / 461035

Fax: (220) 461904








30 mn from Banjul International



4. Senegambia














325 Romms, swimming poolBar and Restaurant, Volley ball, squash and tennis court, nine hole mini golf, night club, four Restaurants, breakfast included, sat. Channels.

Lunch: D150-170.00

Dinner: D180- 200.00


P.O. Box 2373


The Gambia

Tel.: (220) 462717 / 462718 / 462719

Fax: (220) 461839



Very close to the Conference Centre

About 5 min work


5. Bungalow


































































110 rooms, Swimming pool

no TV in Rooms, cocktail  terrasse, bar with sea view, business centre, restaurant

Breakfast included.

Lunch : 50-200 dalasis

dinner: 50-200 dalasis


P.O.Box 2637, Serrekunda,

The Gambia

Tel: (220) 465288 / 465623 / 460316.

Fax: (220) 466180






30 mn from Banjul International


















No refrigerator





























14 rooms with air-conditioning, multi-channels-TV, Bar and Restaurant, Refrigators, Breakfast included Telephone with IDD Facilities.


Holiday Suites

Kololi The Gambia Tele: 461075

Fax : 461077



30 mn from Banjul International





7 Badala Park
















202 rooms available.

swimming pool, international

Telephone and fax facilities, and business centre


Lunch : 35-160 dalasis

Dinner : 35-160 dalasis


P.M.B 467, Kotu Stream

Serrekunda, The Gambia

West Africa

Tel (220) 460400 / 460401

Fax (220) 460402


35mn from

Banjulr International



10mn from

Conference Centre




8. Palm Beach















































































Room service, restaurants twin beds multi-channenled T.V, A.C, Business centre swimming pool, Bars and discotheque and Gym, breakfast included.

Lunch : 50-100

Dinner : 50-100












PMB 467


Tel: 462111

Fax: 460402















35 mn from





5 mn from the Conference Centre









9. Francisco
































Only 11 rooms with air condition available,

refrigerator in rooms, bar and Restaurant, international telephone and fax facilities.


lunch = 50 200 Dalasis

Dinner = 50 200 Dalasis



Atlantic Road Fajara

P.O.Box 3122

Banjul, The Gambia.


Tel: (220) 495332

Fax: (220) 495332


45 mn from






20 mn from

the Conference



10. Mariatou









































































120 rooms in total including

Large swimming pool, tennis court, beach volley ball court, video room, three restaurants, four bars, souvenir shops, safety deposit boxes and live local entertainment.

Lunch = 75-200 dalasis

Dinner = 75-200 dalasis







Mariatou Beach Hotel

P.M.B 441

Cape point, Banjul

The Gambia


Tel; (220) 497738 /

Fax: (220) 496042








50mn from Banjul International Airport


20min drive to the Conference centre


11. Cape point








With Fan




With Fan













(Self-catering with AC)


Telephone with IDD Facilities 35 rooms including 10 apartments. Breakfast is included. With T.V., Room service; Swimming pool, Bar and restaurant

Lunch = 50-100 dalasis

Dinner= 50-100 dalasis



Cape St. Mary

P.O.Box 2294

Serrekunda, The Gambia.

Tel.: (220) 494697

Fax: (220) 495375


50mn from Banjul International Airport


20min drive to the Conference centre


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