ACHPR adopts Resolution 376 on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Africa

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has adopted Resolution 376 on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa. The resolution recognizes widespread violation of rights of human rights defenders and their family members, who are routinely subjected to violations such as unlawful detention, acts of torture, extrajudicial and summary execution, enforced disappearance, and are forced to go into exile. It calls upon member states to enact laws in conformity with the UDHR, to recognise the status of human rights defenders, and protect their rights, and refrain from using the fight against terrorism as a pretext to restrict fundamental freedoms. The resolution has been adopted in the backdrop of a global suppression of NGOs and organisations working in the human rights space by authoritarian governments, through financial and other means.