Ms. Nancy Ansah, the MBA Co-ordinator, was recently in The Gambia to participate in a forum on the involvement of NGOs in the 50th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and to witness the 24th African Human Rights Book Fair.
Ms. Ansah, who took part in the opening session of the programme, joined the working group on HIV & AIDS and Human & Women’s Rights in presenting a roadmap as part of resolutions submitted to the 50th Ordinary Session of the Commission taking place from October 24 - November 7, 2011.
In 2010, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights adopted Resolution 163 (XLVII) on the establishment of a committee on the protection of the rights of people living with HIV and those at risk, vulnerable to and affected by the virus. The committee will provide pertinent guidance on HIV, the law and human rights to the African Commission and state parties to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. By so doing, it will place the African Commission in a more advanced position to effectively execute its protective function in the context of HIV and AIDS in Africa.
The MBA Co-ordinator also participated in a colloquium on current challenges and future opportunities in the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa and the celebration of the Human Rights Day.
The two-week programme is being held at the Sheraton Hotel, The Gambia.