Resolution On The Extension Of The Deadline For The Study On HIV, The Law And Human Rights - ACHPR/Res.308(EXT.OS/XVIII)2015`


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), meeting at its 18th Extra-Ordinary Session held from 29 July to 7 August 2015 in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya;

Recalling its mandate to promote and protect human rights under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter); 

Recalling furtherinter alia, Resolution ACHPR/Res.53 (XXIX) 01, on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic – Threat Against Human Rights and Humanity, and ResolutionACHPR/Res.163 (XLVII) 10 on the establishment of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV and those at Risk, Vulnerable to and affected by HIV(the Committee); 

Recalling also Resolution ACHPR/Res.290 (EXT.OS/XVI) 2014 on the Need to conduct a study on HIV, the Law and Human Rights, which mandated the Committee to prepare the referenced study and to present a report for consideration and adoption by the Commission, during its 57th Ordinary Session; 

Mindful that the research on the study is currently being undertaken despite a lack of adequate resources, which is stalling its progress;

Noting that the deadline fixed for the study is due to expire in November 2015, whereas the study is yet to be finalized; 

Aware of the need to give the Committee sufficient time to conduct a thorough study on the subject, and also of the significance of the potential contribution of the study to the promotion and protection of the human rights of people living with HIV, and those at risk, vulnerable to and affected by HIV; 

Decides to:


i)              Extend the deadline for presenting the report of the study by one (1) year, and accordingly requests that the report should be submitted for consideration at its 59thOrdinary Session; and


ii)             Reiterates its call on all stakeholders to support the Committee in conducting the study.  

 Adopted, on 7 August 2015, during the 18th Extraordinary Session, in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya