Press Release on the Promotion Mission to the Republic of The Sudan


The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights wishes to inform the general public that, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of The Sudan, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) will undertake a Promotion Mission to the Republic of The Sudan from 22 to 28 May 2015.

This Mission, which is part of the Commission’s promotion mandate, is being undertaken in accordance with Article 45(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter). The objectives of the Mission include to: promote the African Charter and other regional and international human rights instruments, strengthen relations between the Commission and the Republic of The Sudan, engage with relevant stakeholders, exchange views on ways and means of enhancing the enjoyment of human rights in the country, and seek information on human rights issues of particular concern to the Commission, including the human rights situation of women and children; elderly persons; persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups; individuals in detention; and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

The Commission’s delegation will be composed of Honourable Commissioner Lawrence Murugu Mute who is the Commissioner Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in the Republic of The Sudan and the Chairperson of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa; Honourable Commissioner Med S. K. Kaggwa who is the Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa; and Honourable Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor who is Chairperson of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV.

During the Mission, the delegation of the Commission will meet with officials from relevant Government ministries, civil society organisations, a cross-section of human rights actors in the country, as well as other individuals and institutions who may enlighten the Commission on the general human rights situation in the Republic of The Sudan.

At the end of the mission, the delegation will discuss its preliminary findings with relevant authorities in the Government of The Sudan and a press conference will be held. A Report of the Mission will be tabled before the Commission for consideration and adoption at one of its upcoming sessions.

Done in Banjul, 18 May 2015


For further information, please contact:

The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District

Western Region.

P.O Box 673 Banjul, The Gambia

Tel: 220 4410505/6

Fax: 220 4410504