The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) filed 292/04 before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACmHPR) on behalf of 14 Gambian’s who were arrested, detained and deported even though they were legally residing and working in Angola decision.
– Whether the complainants had any reasonable access to local remedies after deportation
– Whether lack of access to local remedies constitutes exemption from the exhaustion of local remedies rule
– Whether violation of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners constitutes a violation of article 5 of African Charter.
Article 1 Obligation of Member States to give effect to the African Charter
Article 2 Freedom from discrimination
Article 3 Equality before the law and equal protection of the law
Article 5 Prohibition of torture, and cruel and inhuman treatment
Article 6 Right to personal liberty and protection from arbitrary arrest
Article 7 Right to fair trial
Article 12 Freedom of movement
Article 14 Right to property
Article 15 Right to work
Status of case
The ACmHPR held that the respondent state violated articles 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, and 15 but the compliants did not submit enough evidence to proof the violation under article 3.
On the issue of the settlement of local remedies the ACmHPR noted the respondent state did not give the complaints the opportunity to sue in local court.
The communication was decided on merits at the 43rd Ordinary Session of ACmHPR held in Ezulwini, Kingdom of Swaziland.
Respondent are required to report back on implementation.
Press statement on issued December 1st 2008