In response to the African Commission’s unfortunate decision to reject observer status applications by three human rights organizations in its final communique of its 73rd ordinary session, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and its partners - Synergía Initiatives for Human Rights, the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA), PanAfrica ILGA, Amnesty International, and Mouvement pour les Libertés Individuelles (MOLI) condemn this decision that threatens the Commission’s ability to promote and protect human rights for all. 

The statement is co-sponsored by African Union Watch, Alternative Côte d’Ivoire, Article 19, Civicus, DefendDefenders, Equality Now, Human Rights First Rwanda, Human Rights Watch, Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, International Service for Human Rights, and Robert F. Kennedy Human Righ.

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We invite organizations to endorse this statement by filling out the sign-on forms:

For more information on the statement and the protection of LGBTIQ+ rights in Africa, please contact: 

Prof Frans Viljoen
Director: Centre for Human Rights

Professor of International Human Rights Law

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3228
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743


Dr Ayodele Sogunro
Manager: SOGIESC Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3151
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743



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