Hon. Lucy Asuagbor

Justice Lucy Asuagbor, is a Cameroonian and one of the current serving Commissioners of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights since 2010. She is Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa; a Member of the Committee on the Prevention of Torture in Africa; a Member of the Committee For The Protection Of The Rights Of PLHIV And Those At Risk, Vulnerable To And Affected By HIV In Africa (HIV Committee); and Chairperson of the Working Group on Communications. She was formerly Chairperson of the HIV Committee; a Member of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa; and Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. She is the Country Rapporteur responsible for the promotion of human rights in Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Sierra Leone. She has also been responsible for Benin and Guinea Bissau.

In her personal capacity, she is currently a Judge at the Supreme Court of Yaoundé, Cameroon. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Lagos-Nigeria, a Masters Degree in International Law from the International Maritime Law Institute –Malta, and a Diploma from the School of Magistracy –Yaoundé.

Madam Asuagbor has had a long professional career in the Magistracy, serving the Government of Cameroon in various capacities, including as a State Counsel, Vice President of the Court of Appeal and Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal, in the South West Region in Buea, Cameroon. She is also a Member of the Higher Judicial Council.

She is a keen and dedicated human rights activist and is affiliated to numerous organizations engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights. Her goal is to contribute tangibly towards the amelioration of human rights on the African Continent.

Special Mechanisms Appointments
Session Special Mechanisms Role/Functions Resolutions Start Date End Date Type
57th Ordinary Session Working Group on Communications Working Group Chairperson Resolution on the Renewal of the Mandate and Reconstitution of the Working Group on Communications - ACHPR/Res.314(LVII)2015 Renewal
48th Ordinary Session Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa Special Rapporteur Resolution on the Appointment of a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa - ACHPR/Res.171(XLVIII)10 New
50th Ordinary Session Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) and Those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV Working Group Chairperson Resolution on the Appointment of the Chairperson and Members of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and those at R New
50th Ordinary Session Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa Working Group Member Resolution on the Appointment of the Chairperson and Members of the Working Group of Indigenous Populations/Communities In Africa - ACHPR/Res.204(L)2011 New
54th Ordinary Session Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa Working Group Member Resolution on the Appointment of the Chairperson and Renewal of the Mandate of the Members of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa - ACHPR/Res.254(LIV)2013 New
57th Ordinary Session Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women Special Rapporteur Resolution On The Appointment Of The Special Rapporteur On The Rights Of Women In Africa - ACHPR/Res.327(LVII)2015 New
SessionRoles/FunctionsStart DateEnd DateType
48th Ordinary SessionCommissioner New
54th Ordinary SessionCommissioner Renewal