n African Human Rights Law Journal - Confidentiality versus publicity : interpreting article 59 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights : recent developments

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



Publicity and freedom of information play an important role in the effective promotion and protection of human rights. This is for a number of reasons. Individuals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and inter-governmental organisations need reliable information to put pressure on governments. Publicity is also important as it increases the visibility of an organisation. The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Commission) is a good example of an institution where a lack of visibility has been to the detriment of the important work that the Commission is undertaking under difficult circumstances.

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