Chairperson of the African Commission, Sylvie Kayitesi Kairaba Beach Hotel in The Gambia to participate in the Forum on the Participation of NGOs preceding the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’Rights (ACHPR) next Friday.The information is contained in a press release issued by the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies. According to the release, the participants at the Forum will discuss the current human rights and democracy challenges in Africa as well as review corresponding strategies to address the identified challenges. The Forum is organized and hosted by the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (African Centre) – the Secretariat of the NGOs Forum and the Forum Steering Committee, in collaboration with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission). It will be officially opened by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia. Other speakers to address the Forum during the opening ceremony will include The Chairperson of the African Commission, H.E. Sylvie Kayitesi, Chairperson of the Governing Council of the African Centre and former Commissioner of the African Commission, Mr. Andrew Chigovera as well as the NGO Forum Steering Committee. The Forum provides an important platform for stakeholders to address challenges; exchange views and explore practical approaches and experiences with the objective of fostering cooperation among and between NGOs as well as with the African Commission and of course, States and other stakeholders in promoting and protecting human rights in Africa. The release further states that the forum will discuss reports assessing the human rights situation in Africa, particularly in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda, whose State reports will be reviewed by the African Commission at the 56th session in fulfillment of Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Resource Persons and Facilitators during the Forum will be Experts in the field of human rights and democracy, primarily from the African continent, who will be facilitating a series of presentations and or panel discussion amongst others including: Accountability for torture and related violations of the African Charter: challenges, best practices and the role of the African Commission, Statelessness in Africa and the Right to Nationality, The Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders in Africa, The Right to Freedom of Association and Assembly in the African Context, The Role of Youths in Democracy and Governance in Africa, The 30th African Human Rights Book Fair will run concurrently with the Forum, with the objective of giving human rights NGOs the opportunity to share their publications, working tools and other materials with other NGOs, and to promote networking on the continent and beyond. At the end of the three-day deliberations, recommendations emanating from the sessions will be forwarded to the African Commission for its consideration during the 56th Ordinary Session, which is also scheduled to take place at the same venue from 21st April to 7th May, 2015.]]>

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