The African Charter established the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission was inaugurated on 2 November 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Commission’s Secretariat has subsequently been located in Banjul, The Gambia.

In addition to performing any other tasks, which may be Skin entrusted to it by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the Commission is officially charged with three major functions:

  • the protection of human and peoples' rights
  • the promotion of human and peoples' rights
  • the interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.




The PAP Protocol explained

The slow pace at which member states move in respect of ratification and domestication of the AU legal instruments that include the revised PAP Protocol is of great concern to the African citizens. Stakeholders are calling on all states to expedite the process.