PRESS RELEASE: Meeting for Validation of Study on the Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples in Africa 20-21 November 2023, Windhoek, Namibia


15 November 2023, Banjul, The Gambia – The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Secretariat) wishes to inform the general public that the Chairperson of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities and Minorities in Africa, and the Working Group itself, have organized a validation meeting for consideration of the study on the Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples in Africa, which will be held in Windhoek, Namibia from 20-21 November 2023.

The Study, which is part of the promotion mandate of the Commission, is situated in the framework of Article 45 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), and funded by the European Union (EU) under the EU/AGA Support Project 2021-2023.

The overall objective of the meeting is to consider whether the study provides a full and nuanced understanding of how COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of indigenous peoples in Africa and whether it informs targeted interventions and policies to support their welfare and resilience for likely challenges in the future.

The meeting is an opportunity to specifically assess the extent to which the study, conducted by experts of the Working Group, provides the basis for evidence-based recommendations to enhance the resilience of indigenous communities.

The meeting is attended by the Honourable Members of the Working Group, various human rights stakeholders from across the African continent, and members of the Secretariat.

For further information, please contact:

The Secretariat, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
31 Bijilo Annex Lay-out, Kombo North District Western Region.
PO Box 673
Banjul, The Gambia 
Tel: 220 4410505/6