#AU #HumanRights Watchdog on #Torture in #Mauritania 26 Mar – 2 Apr


Here are Humphrey Sipalla @hispalla‘s tweets announcing the agenda for the upcoming visit of a delegation from the African Union’s Commission for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA) to Mauritania, where they will meet with civil society groups and visit prisons.

The CPTA is assigned the following mandate:

  • To organise, with the support of interested partners, seminars to disseminate the Robben Island Guidelines to national and regional stakeholders;
  • To develop and propose to the African Commission strategies to promote and implement the Robben Island Guidelines at the national and regional levels;
  • To promote and facilitate the implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines within member states and;
  • To make a progress report to the African Commission at each ordinary session

Submit information about torture cases to:


PRESS RELEASE   Banjul, 20 February 2012

The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights  wishes to inform the public that, at the invitation of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA), of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission), will undertake a Promotion Mission to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 26 March to 01 April 2012.

The Mission falls within the framework of the promotion mandate of the African Commission under Article 45 (1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and that of the CPTA under Resolution 61(XXXII) 02, on the Guidelines and Measures for the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in Africa (the Robben Island Guidelines). The objective of the Mission is to among other things, disseminate, promote and facilitate the effective implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines, engage with various stakeholders to exchange views on ways of enhancing the prohibition and prevention of torture and visit places of deprivation of liberty. The Mission will be undertaken by Honourable Commissioner  Dupe Atoki, Chairperson of the African Commission and of the CPTA; Honourable Commissioner Med S. K. Kaggwa, Special Rapporteur on Prisons and  Other Places of Detention in Africa and Member of the CPTA; Mr. Jean-Baptiste Niyizurugero, Vice-Chairperson of the CPTA, and Ms. Hannah Forster, Member of the CPTA. The Delegation will be accompanied by staff of the Secretariat of the African Commission.

During the Mission, the Delegation of the CPTA will meet with officials from the relevant government ministries and institutions, civil society organizations as well as all other actors capable of enlightening it on the measures taken by the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to give effect to the provisions of Article 5 of the African Charter. TheCPTA, the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) will also organize on 28 and 29 March 2012,  a joint reflection and sensitization seminar on the criminalization of torture, the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture and the Robben Island Guidelines.

At the end of the Mission, the preliminary findings will be discussed with the relevant authorities and a press conference will be held. Thereafter, a Report of the Mission will be elaborated and tabled before the African Commission for adoption. Once adopted, the Report will be sent to the State Party for its observations after which it will be made public.

For further inquires contact:
Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
31 Bijilo Annex Layout, Kombo North District Western Region
P. O. Box 673 Banjul, The Gambia
Tel: (220) 4410 505 / 4410 506 Fax: (220) 4410 504
Email: achpr@achpr.org / gamchambers@yahoo.com, hydara@achpr.org.


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