Wednesday 08th April 2015
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) met with civil society on the 8th of April, during a promotion mission to Seychelles. The Head of the Delegation was Honourable Commissioner Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen, Commissioner in charge of the promotion and protection of human rights for the Indian Ocean, which includes the Republic of Seychelles, and who is also the chairperson of the Commission’s Working Group on the Rights of Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities in Africa.
The meeting was an opportunity for Commissioner Yuan to explain the role of ACHPR, giving a brief overview of the work done by their respective organizations. Civil Society Organisations and other participants were able to inquire about the Committee, and the African Commission’s work. Committee members also informed participants present how to interact with the African Commission, through obtaining observer status with the Commission, submitting reports to the Commission, involvement in the CSO Forum and through submitting individual complaints or communications for consideration.
In accordance with Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, States Parties to the Charter are required to submit every two years, a report on the legislative or other measures taken, with a view to giving effect to the rights and freedoms recognised and guaranteed by the Charter. Seychelles is yet to submit it reports on Human Rights with the African Union.