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The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 1981 (entered into force in 1986) is a legally binding instrument adopted by African countries. While the Charter does not specifically mention HRDs (since it pre-dates the UN Declaration on HRDs), it protects fundamental freedoms and fundamental rights in the African continent (Banjul charter.pdf).

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) –provided for by the African Charter and set up by the Organisation of African Unity, now the African Union, AU– is a mechanism that has a mandate of promotion and protection of human rights by State parties. The 1999 Grand Bay Declaration (legally non-binding instrument) calls on African governments to take appropriate steps to implement the UN Declaration on HRDs in Africa. The 2003 Kigali Declaration (also legally non-binding) wholeheartedly supports the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) and HRDs and the need for their protection. (hyperlink with links you already posted)
Moreover, the ACHPR has adopted specific resolutions on the protection and situation of HRDs in Africa:

  • Resolution 69:  on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders In Africa (35th Ordinary Session held in Banjul, The Gambia, in June 2004), by which the ACHPR established the position of Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. The current mandate-holder is Reine Alapini-Gansou (Benin).
  • Resolution 56: on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Tunisia (29th Ordinary Session, Tripoli, Libya, from 23rd April to 7th May 2001.
  • Resolution 119: on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Africa (42nd Ordinary Session held from 15 – 28 November 2007, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo).
  • Resolution 134: on the Human Rights Situation in the Republic of The Gambia (44th Ordinary Session, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 10–24 November 2008).
  • Resolution 139: on the Human Rights Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC (44th Ordinary Session, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 10-24 November 2008).
  • Resolution 196: on Human Rights Defenders in Africa (50th Ordinary Session held from 24th  October to 5th  November 2011, Banjul, The Gambia).

Kampala Declaration of Human Rights Defenders

Johannesburg +10 Conference for HRDs

23 April 2009

Kampala Declaration of Human Rights Defenders


Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa

http://www.achpr.org/