Concluding Observations and Recommendations - Mauritius: 2nd to 5th Periodic Reports, 1995-2008


Forty-Fifth Ordinary Session

13 - 27 May 2009, Banjul, the Gambia

Consideration of Reports submitted by States Parties under Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Periodic Reports of the Republic of Mauritius

I- Introduction

1. The Republic of Mauritius (Mauritius) is a State Party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter) having signed the latter on 27 February 1992 and ratified the same on 19 June 1992.

2. Mauritius submitted its Initial Report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) in 1994. The Report was considered during the 20th Ordinary Session of the African Commission in Grand Bay, Mauritius, in October 1996.

3. The present Concluding Observations follow from the presentation and examination of the combined Periodic Reports of Mauritius during the 45th Ordinary Session of the African Commission. The Report covers the period from November 1996 to May 2009.

4. The Report was presented to the African Commission by the Acting Solicitor-General, Ms. Aruna Narain Devi and the Acting Principal State Counsel, Ms. Prameeta Goordyal Chitto. It highlights the developments that have taken place in the areas of human and peoples’ rights and measures put in place with a view to implementing the country’s obligations under the African Charter.

5. The present Concluding Observations give an account of the positive aspects and concerns identified in the Report. The comments, remarks and observations that ensued from the examination of the Report nourished the recommendations formulated after a constructive dialogue with the Mauritian delegation.