Archive | Statements

Press Release: CSOs Call for AU Member States to Support the Adoption of Protocol on the Right to a Nationality in Africa

Banjul, 7 May 2018 “African States should seize the opportunity to set clear standards on the recognition of nationality and the eradication of statelessness”, urged a coaltion of African civil society organisations working on the issue. Member States are meeting in Abidjan, 7-11 May 2018, to discuss the text of a draft protocol to the […]

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Statement of IHRDA on the September 28 case in Guinea, at the 62nd Ordinary Session of the ACHPR

Nouakchott, Mauritania – 26 April 2018 Your Excellency the Honorable Chairperson of ACHPR Honorable Commissioners, Ladies and Gentlemen, On 28 September 2009, the leaders of the “Forces Vives” summoned their militants to the Stadium in order to express their disapproval of Mr.Moussa Dadis Camara’s candidacy for the January 2010 Presidential Election. That bloody Monday and […]

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Statement by IHRDA on the status of implementation of the agreement between Malawi and IHRDA in the Malawi Children’s Case – 31st Ordinary Session of the ACERWC

Bamako, Mali – 25 April 2018 In 2014, IHRDA had filed a case against Malawi before the ACERWC, challenging the definition of child in Malawi’s Constitution. At that time, Section 23(6) of the Constitution of Malawi defined a child as a person under the age of sixteen (16), in contravention of article 2 of the […]

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Statement by IHRDA on the increasing rate of child trafficking in Cameroon and many other African countries at the 31st Ordinary Session of the ACERWC, Bamako, Mali 

24 April 2018 Madam Chairperson, Members of the Committee, Distinguished Participants; We wish to bring to the attention of the Committee our concern on the issue of child trafficking notably in Cameroon and in many African countries. Child Kidnapping and Trafficking has increased in Central African states especially Cameroon over the past few years.  Many […]

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IHRDA’s Statement on the International Day of the Woman, 2018; Theme: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”

Banjul, 8 March 2018 The commemoration of the International Day of the Woman this year focuses on activism for the transformation of the lives of women. This year’s theme brings to the spotlight the fact that women, in both rural and urban environments, are increasingly active in every sphere of production and service delivery in […]

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Statement: IHRDA condemns unlawful arrest and detention of Dr Ismaila Ceesay, calls on Gambia Gov’t to uphold its human rights obligations

Banjul, 1 February 2018 IHRDA condemns the unlawful arrest and detention of Political Scientist, Dr Ismaila Ceesay, by The Gambia Police on 31 January 2018 for expressing an opinion on national security, published in The Voice Newspaper. According to the paper, Dr Ceesay had suggested in an interview that it was important for the President […]

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Ebola Survivors, Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law file a human rights violation complaint in the ECOWAS Court against the Republic of Sierra Leone

18 December, 2017 Freetown, Sierra Leone. Two survivors of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, with support from the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, today filed a complaint with the ECOWAS Court of Justice claiming that the Government of Sierra Leone violated its citizens’ right to life and health by mismanaging funds […]

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Communiqué: ACERWC hears communication 006/Com/002/2015: IHRDA & FGI (on behalf of TFA) V. Cameroon

Banjul, 11 December 2017 The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) is today considering communication 006/Com/002/2015: Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa and Finders’ Group Initiative (on behalf of TFA, minor) V. Republic of Cameroon. By the facts of the case, TFA, a minor, was raped […]

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Commemorating Human Rights Day 2017: Statement of IHRDA

Banjul, 8 December 2017 December 10, 2017 marks the commemoration of Human Rights Day 2017, during which activities marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) will be launched with the slogan “Stand Up 4 Human Rights”. The inception of the UDHR and other human rights treaties has contributed immensely to […]

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