From 2 - 3 May 2024, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) convened the inaugural experts’ validation session for the study on human and peoples’ rights and artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other new and emerging technologies in Africa. The validation event took place with a hybrid format, blending in-person attendance in Nairobi, Kenya, with virtual participation. The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is the technical support institution to the development of the study.

The meeting was led by the ACHPR focal point on the study Hon. Commissioner Solomon Dersso, alongside Hon. Commissioner Ourveena Geereesha Topsy–Sono, the Special rapporteur of Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa. In attendance were the consultant for the study Prof Thompson Chengeta, representatives from the ACHPR Secretariat, and a consortium of experts in human rights and AI and new technologies. Discussions during the meeting focused on enhancing the quality of the draft study, while also ensuring comprehensive coverage of pertinent issues relevant to the continent.

The study is being undertaken pursuant to the ACHPR Resolution 473 on the “need to undertake a study on human and peoples’ rights and artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other new and emerging technologies in Africa.’ The Resolution was adopted in recognition that new and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics and other new emerging technologies present both opportunities and perils for the promotion and protection of human and people’s rights in Africa’. Consequently, the study aims to provide essential insights to shape the development of guidelines and norms that address the impacts of AI technologies, robotics, and other emerging innovations on human rights throughout Africa, in accordance with the Article 45 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The Centre for Human Rights is honoured to play a pivotal role in supporting the African Commission’s efforts in the promotion of human rights across the African continent, particularly in addressing the intersection of human rights and technological advancements. The Centre’s commitment to collaboration with the African Commission and other stakeholders remains steadfast in advancing this crucial agenda. 

For further inquiries, please contact:

Project Officer: Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 713362225


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