The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), on November 15, 2021, started its 69th ordinary session, which will end on December 5.
ACHPR was inaugurated on November 2, 1987, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is mandated to protect and promote human rights in Africa.
The ongoing virtual session, hosted in Dakar, Senegal, focuses on the human rights situation in Africa, state party reports and more.
During the meeting, MUHURI will present the status of human rights at the Coast and Garissa. The organization will give prominence to the state abuses that have resulted in illegal renditions, extrajudicial killings, and enforced disappearances.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) committed some of the violations that disproportionately affected the Muslim community, and which MUHURI will present to the Commission.
MUHURI had, on September 27, 2021, submitted a shadow report to the Commission demonstrating how the Kenya government carried out and aided these crimes. Executive Director, Marie Ramtu, is expected to expound on the document when she takes the floor. MUHURI has observer status with the Commission.
On March 15, 2021, Kenya submitted its report to the Commission. However, the document, covering five years from 2015, was silent on the gross human rights abuses the government committed. But MUHURI will call out the government and ask the regional body to hold it to account.
The last ACHPR’s meeting happened in April and May 2021 in the Gambia. It resulted in six resolutions, including about the military instability in northern Mozambique.