Gabriel Shumba tortured by Zimbabwe

Centre wins ACHPR's first ever NGO prize for human rights

African Commission urged to tackle arbitrary arrest

Resolution will boost campaign to end practice

OSISA also highlights Swaziland and SADC Tribunal

Enough is enough! There are no more excuses left. It is time for the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights to pack its bags and leave Banjul – promising to return to its original home when President Yahya Jammeh is eventually removed from office.

It is well documented that the Gambian capital, Banjul, is known in the Western world as one of the premier destinations in Africa for tourists seeking male sex workers. This practice it is so entrenched that it now forms part of the cultural menu that the Gambia offers to tourists – with older European citizens coming to realise some of their sexual dreams (or fetishes) by employing the services of young, usually muscled and dreadlocked youths for sexual activities.

As African human rights practitioners gather in Yamoussoukro to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), it is critical that they frankly and honestly discuss the track record of this supranational body in promoting and protecting human rights on the continent.

Despite its many challenges and numerous critics, the significance of the role played by the African Commission in the protection of human rights – particularly through its interpretation and enforcement of the African Charter – cannot be denied.

Commission should push for democratic change

ACHPR adopts model law as Rwanda passes law

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