It is over 30 years since the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights was adopted yet the principles and standards contained in the Charter are not only poorly understood, but also all-too-often violated in many countries across the continent. Working together with local partners, we have sought to strengthen the protection mechanisms of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, particularly in the areas of economic and social rights, liberty and security, and violence against women. We have also played a leading role in supporting the creation of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights which was established in July 2006. At the same time INTERIGHTS has provided advice at the local and regional level and has brought cases to the African Commission, the United Nations Human Rights Committee and some sub-regional courts concerning violations of the rights of individuals.
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Litigating the Right to Health in Africa
In April 2013, INTERIGHTS held a litigation surgery in Ghana which centred on discussions of cases, particularly on how to use international human rights law to successfully litigate right to health issues in the region.
Egypt held to account for failing to protect female demonstrators from sexual assault
The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has handed down a decision in a case concerning violence against four women journalists during a protest. The Commission found that the state of Egypt failed to protect four women journalists from violence and in doing so violated their human rights including rights to equality and non-discrimination, right to dignity and protection from cruel inhuman and degrading treatment and their right to express and disseminate opinions within the law.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and INTERIGHTS have initiated a case against Egypt following its failure to address violations by army personnel against female detainees, in what has come to be known as the 'virginity tests' incident.
On 13 February 2012, Egypt's interim government announced the repeal of the death sentences issued by the Supreme Emergency State Security Courts against three men for their alleged roles in the October 2004 bombings in the Sinai Peninsula tourist resorts of Taba and Nuweiba and the 2005 bombings at Sharm el Sheikh. This major development follows a far-reaching decision of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in a case brought by the Cairo-based organisation Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and INTERIGHTS.
Capacity Building and Standard Setting_
Volume 17 Number 2 published in February 2013 on the topic of litigating the right to education in Africa
During the 51st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights INTERIGHTS, working with a number of other litigants before the Commission, lobbied for improvements in the procedure of the Commission’s protective mandate.