On 17 September 2012 in Addis Ababa the HRIC together with the East African Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights hosted a high level seminar on the role of AU bodies in following up decisions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission).
This seminar built upon an earlier workshop organised by the HRIC in November 2011, which examined national mechanisms to follow up decisions adopted by the African Commission. One of the recommendations emanating from this earlier workshop was that the role of various AU bodies in following up on decisions of the African Commission needed further consideration.
This high level seminar brought together key representatives from the African Commission; the Peace and Security Council; the AU Legal Office; the AU Commission; the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); and UN bodies, in order to share experiences and best practice, and to identify future opportunities for strengthening follow up procedures within the AU human rights framework.
A report of this seminar will be made available shortly on this website. Photos (PDF, 762kB) here..
For further information please contact Prof. Rachel Murray or Debra Long at the HRIC.
On 4 July 2012 the Human Rights Implementation Centre held an expert seminar in Bristol to examine the strategic use of soft law human rights documents. This seminar formed part of the final activities under the Implementation of Human Rights Standards project and provided an opportunity for the IHRS team to present their preliminary findings emanating from this four year project. The seminar brought together representatives from academia and civil society organisations in order to discuss the key influencing factors that drive the use of soft law human rights documents in practice and drawing upon practical examples to identify what are the main challenges and/or limitations to their use.
Seminar report (Office document, 105kB) attached.
The HRIC hosted a seminar on national implementation mechanisms between 21 and 22 November 2011 in Addis Ababa as part of its Implementation of Human Rights Standards project. The seminar examined national mechanisms for the follow up of communications adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) and brought together representatives from governments; the African Union; the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights; UN treaty bodies; and civil society organisations.
The overall aim of the seminar was to identify mechanisms that were in place at the domestic level to respond to communications of the African Commission and to explore opportunities for strengthening follow up procedures at both the national and regional levels.
Between 18 and 19 October 2010 the IHRS project team, together with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum, held a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, for East African national human rights institutions on the implementation of standards to prevent torture and other ill-treatment. The workshop brought together key individuals from the East African national human rights institutions; the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights; the African Union; UN treaty bodies; as well as other experts, in order to discuss practical ways to tackle torture and other ill-treatment in the region and to strengthen collaborative efforts with leaders in the field of torture prevention at the regional and international levels. See workshop report (PDF, 204kB).
The IHRS team invited a range of experts to attend a seminar at Bristol University to review the procedures by which decisions on individual communications adopted by human rights treaty bodies are followed-up and implemented, and what factors render those procedures effective or otherwise. The aim of the event was to bring together key individuals and organisations from across a range of treaty bodies, at the UN and regional levels, and civil society organisations that have a role in following up and implementing decisions.
This report summarises the discussions and make a number of recommendations
The Report of the Seminar (PDF, 166kB) summarises the discussions and makes a number of recommendations.