The 45th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The 45th session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held in Banjul, The Gambia, 13-27 May 2009, was attended by 419 participants representing African State delegates, national human rights institutions, intergovernmental organizations as well as African and international NGOs. IWGIA facilitated the participation of 8 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 in collaboration with CORDS, Tanzania
  • UNIPROBA, Burundi
  • MPIDO, Kenya
  • Forest Peoples Programme

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

  • COPORWA , Rwanda
  • ADHUC, Republic of Congo

IWGIA and ADHUC could not present their statements because they had left before the presentation was made by Commissioner Bitaye

Examination of state reports

In conformity with article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the periodic report of Mauritius, Uganda and Benin were examined during the session. Questions were asked about indigenous peoples’ situation.

Forest Peoples’ Programme (FPP) co-submitted a shadow report together with United Organization for batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) and IWGIA that dealt with the situation of indigenous peoples in Uganda. The shadow report was given to commissioners as a basis for raising questions on indigenous peoples’ rights in Uganda.

Please find here the concluding observations for Uganda.

Observer status

Observer status was granted to one of our partner organizations:

· Community Research and Development Services (CORDS), Tanzania;

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 44th and the 45th session.

Adoption of country visit reports

The Information and Research visit report from Gabon that took place in September 2007 was adopted by the ACHPR during its private session. The report will be sent to the government of Gabon for their comments and will be published in 2010.

For more information please refer to IWGIA 45th session report.