Resolution On The Renewal Of The Mandate Of The Working Group On Indigenous Populations/Communities In Africa - ACHPR/Res.323(LVII)2015


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) meeting at its 57th Ordinary Session held from 4th to 18th November 2015, in Banjul, The Gambia;

Considering its mandate to promote human and peoples’ rights and ensure their protection in Africa under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter); 

Recalling that the African Commission established a Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (the Working Group) composed of ten members, amongst them, three Members of the African Commission; 

Further recalling its Resolution ACHPR/Res.65 (XXXIV) 03 on the Report of the African Commission’s Working Group adopted at its 34th Ordinary Session held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 6 to 20 November 2003; 

Recalling Resolutions ACHPR/Res.123 (XXXXII) of 2007; ACHPR/Res.155 (XLV1) of 2009; ACHPR/Res.204 (L) of 2011; and ACHPR/Res.249 of 2013 all renewing the mandate of the Working Group for consecutive two years; 

Bearing in mind ACHPR/Res.237 of 2013 appointing two new expert members for the Working Group; 

Noting with appreciation the work undertaken by the Working Group under the leadership of Commissioner Soyata Maiga during the past two years in the discharge of its mandate; 

Noting further that the term of the Chairperson and members of the Working Group has come to an end; 

Recognizing further the importance of the work of the Working Group in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous populations/communities in Africa and the necessity to allow the Working Group to continue to carry out its mandate; 

Decides to:


                                   i.        Renew the mandate of Commissioner Soyata Maiga as Chairperson of the Working Group; 

                                  ii.        Appoint Commissioner Reine Alapini-Gansou  and Commissioner Jamesina E.L. King as members of the Working Group; 

                                 iii.        Maintain the membership of the following experts:

o        Mr. Mohammed Khattali

o        Ms. Marianne Jensen

o        Dr. Melakou Tegegn

o        Dr. Naomi Kipuri

o        Dr. Albert Barume

o        Ms Lesle Jansen

o        Ms Hawe Bouba 

The mandate of the Working Group is 2 years and shall take effect on 18 November 2015. 


Adopted on 17 November 2015 at the 57th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held from 4 to 18 November 2015 in Banjul, The Gambia