The 44th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The 44th session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held in Nigeria, 10-24 November 2008, was attended by 417 participants representing African State delegates, national human rights institutions, intergovernmental organizations as well as African and international NGOs. IWGIA facilitated the participation of eleven (11) indigenous representatives.


The participations of indigenous representatives in the ACHPR sessions remain very important, as it contributes to raising all participants’ awareness of indigenous peoples’ human rights. Under the agenda item on the human rights situation in Africa, the following organizations made statement on indigenous’ human rights situation:

  • IWGIA with the collaboration of AREN Noode-Nooto
  • IPACC in collaboration with Yiaku Peoples Association
  • Forest People Programme in collaboration with CAMV

It is also important to mention that MBOSCUDA and MPIDO prepared statements but could unfortunately not present it.

Under the Agenda item on the report of the Working Group on indigenous Populations / Communities in Africa, the following organizations made statements:


Observer status

Observer status were granted to one of our partner organization

  • Arid Lands Institute, Kenya;

Examination of States reports

In conformity with article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the periodic report of Nigeria was examined during the session. In his capacity as chairperson of the WGIP, Commissioner Bitaye pointed out the absence of any consideration to indigenous people in the report and asked the representative of Nigeria about their position on that matter.

Please find here the concluding observations for Nigeria.

Presentation of the Progress Report of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations / Communities

Commissioner Bitaye presented the Working Group’s report for the inter-session period between the 43rd and the 44th session. The reporting included the following activityPlease see the Working Group’s official Progress Report for further information.

For more information, please find here IWGIA 44th session report.