Thursday, October 27, 2011
Gambia Press Union Granted Observer Status at the African Commission
The has just gathered that the Banjul-based African Commission on Human and People's Rights has granted "Observer Status" to Press Union (GPU) about an hour ago. Evening Standard
"This means that one of the core objectives of our common project has been reached," said Mr MENZAN BRUNO Programme Assistant ARTICLE 19, on Wednesday. "Congratulation to you all who worked towards the attainment of this objective."
He added: "We hope GPU will take full advantage of this status which allows the GPU to make statements at the Commission sessions."
On the sidelines of the 50th Ordinary Session, the Commission gathered African experts on Friday October 21, for a three day consultation workshop focusing on how to implement and monitor the"Human Rights Strategy for Africa" (HRSA), as part of efforts to strengthen the African human rights system, to deepen the culture of democracy and to ensure the promotion of human rights on the continent. The experts are expected to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the action plan of the HRSA.
This was preceded by another three day "Forum on the Participation of Non-governmental Organisations in the 50th Ordinary Session of the African Commission" which ended on October 21. Discussions were centred on a variety of topical issues, including the current Human Rights Situation on East, West, North, South and Central Africa.