African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)

The ACHPR is a quasi-jurisdictional body, within the framework of the African Union, whose main function is to protect and promote human and people´s rights in African countries. Among its functions are to process complaints from individuals or States about human rights violations committed by States in the region, and to receive periodic reports from States on the human rights situation in their country.

News from the ACHPR:

– On September 11, 2023, the ACHPR issued a press release about the terrorist attack on the Timbuktu boat in Mali, which caused the death of 64 people. The attack, which took place on September 7, 2023, was carried out by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), a militant jihadist organization operating in the Maghreb and West Africa. On the occasion, militants attacked a boat that was sailing on the Niger River, from the city of Gao to the city of Mopti, since the river is an important transportation link in a region where there are not many quality roads. According to data, 64 people were killed, 49 civilians and 15 soldiers, as well as several people were injured.

The ACHPR expressed its deep concern at the resurgence of these terrorist attacks and the many human rights violations they cause. Likewise, the ACHPR offered all its condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Mali and also called on the country’s authorities to conduct independent and impartial investigations into these attacks to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators and their accomplices. The ACHPR also reiterated its call on the African Union and the international community in general to redouble their efforts in the fight against terrorism. The press release (in French) can be found here.