The State of African Regional Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms 2019-2020

This document presents a comprehensive annual review of the state and performance of the African regional human rights system. Abysmal cooperation and continued political pressure from states, on the one hand, and minimal progress or stagnation in execution of mandate, on the other hand, broadly describe the state of African regional human rights bodies and mechanisms during the reporting period. Their activities and performance during this period were shaped by a combination of internal and external factors, including changes in the composition of expert members elected to serve in the bodies, political onslaught from states, financial and resource constraints, and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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