This periodic report has been prepared in accordance with Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights adopted by the 18th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the OAU on 27 June, 1981 in Nairobi, Kenya, which entered into force on 21 October 1986.
In accordance with this Article, "each State Party shall undertake to submit every two years, from the date of entry into force of this Charter, a report on the legislative or other measures taken to give effect to the rights and freedoms recognised and guaranteed in this Charter”.
In order to give substance to this commitment, the Republic of Senegal is submitting this periodic report which combines the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th periodic reports into a single document and it outlines the progress made in implementing the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the recommendations made by the Commission following the review of the previous periodic report submitted by the State of Senegal at the 56th Ordinary Session held in Banjul from 21 April to 7 May, 2015.
This document was prepared by the Government in close cooperation with the National Advisory Council on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CCNDH-DIH), a permanent governmental body composed of representatives of all ministerial departments, Parliament, the Senegalese Human Rights Commission (CSDH), the National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD) and a large number of the most representative civil society organizations.
This document was further examined through drafting and validation workshops that brought together members of the CCNDH-DIH and all the actors concerned with human rights issues.
It should also be noted that this document has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines for State Party Reporting on Civil and Political Rights, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Additional Protocol to the Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa.
The report includes a first part devoted to general information on the legal and institutional framework and other major parts dealing respectively with the Additional Protocol to the ACHPR on the Rights of Women in Africa and the status of implementation of the recommendations made to the Government of Senegal by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights during the last review of our country.