Concluding Observations and Recommendations - Niger: Second and Combined Periodic Reports, 2003-2014


18th Extraordinary Session

29 July to 7 August 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

Consideration of Reports Submitted by States Parties Pursuant to Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Concluding Observations on the Combined Periodic Report of Niger (2003-2014 on the Implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

I. Introduction

1. The Republic of Niger is a State party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The African Charter) which it ratified on 15 July 1986.

2. The Republic of Niger presented its eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth combined periodic reports in accordance with Article 62 of the African Charter at the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The Commission) held from 21 April to 7 May 2015 in Banjul, The Gambia.

3. The report was presented by a delegation of the Republic of Niger (The Delegation) led by Mr. Marou Amadou, Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals and government’s spokesperson. On this occasion, the latter was accompanied by the following persons :

- Dr Maikibi Kadidiatou Dan Dobi, Minister for Population, Women’s Affairs and Child Protection;

- Mrs Sani Mariama Moussa, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens in the Diaspora (MAECIANE);

- Mr. Oumaria Mamane, Chief Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office;

- Dr Mounkaila Aichatou Seyni, Director General of Human Rights, Juvenile Judicial Protection and Social Welfare;

- Mr. Moussa Issaka, Permanent Secretary of the Inter-ministerial Committee responsible for preparing and presenting initial and periodic reports and the Universal Periodic Review to Treaty Bodies;

- Madam Rabiou Assetou Traore, Director of Human Rights, Ministry of Justice;

- Mr. Aminou Malam Manzo, Director of Legal Affairs at the MAECIANE;

- Madam Sourghia Mariama, Mr. Moumouni Djida, Mr. Nahantchi Garba, members of the Inter-ministerial Committee;

- Mr. Liman Yahaya Boubacar, Protocol Officer at the Ministry of Justice, Keeper of the Seals, Spokesperson for government.

4. The report highlights the developments that have taken place in the Republic of Niger concerning human and peoples’ rights including legislative, administrative and other measures that have been taken towards the implementation of the provisions of the African Charter since the presentation of its initial report consisting of reports due from 1990 to 2002 at the 35th Ordinary Session of the Commission held from 21 May to 4 June 2004 in Banjul, The Gambia.

5. These concluding observations outline the positive factors and those that restrict the effective enjoyment of human rights and the areas of concern regarding the respect for human rights in the country. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Nigerien government to enhance the enjoyment of human rights in the country.

6. The Commission commends the delegation of the Republic of Niger for the frank and constructive dialogue that characterized the presentation of this combined periodic report and the information and facts provided in response to the issues raised by members of the Commission.