n African Human Rights Law Journal - Bringing communications before the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights




The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights is increasingly playing an important role in the implementation of human rights in Africa. The Commission continues to develop jurisprudence particularly relevant to Africa. The Commission has also exhibited a propensity to interpret its mandate broadly at a time when governments continue to perpetrate serious violations of human rights. Notably an important development is that the Commission considers itself free to consider communications falling short of alleged grave and massive violations. This article provides an overview of the steps in the process of submitting a communication to the African Commission. The initiation of litigation' before the Commission differs markedly from litigation at the domestic level. The procedure governing communications before the Commission is divided into four steps: seizure; admissibility; merits and remedies. Under the Charter the Commission has also been willing to conduct on-site investigations and recommend interim measures.


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