Lagos – Experts have welcomed the new Principles
and Guidelines on Human Rights while Countering Terrorism in Africa launched by
the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).
The principles were launched recently to address the scourge
in the continent where Nigeria’s Boko Haram is posing the most danger.
“We commend the ACHPR’s effort to draw a clear line of
demarcation between what is permissible and what is not, when countering
terrorism,” the United Nations expets jointly stated.
They spoke ahead of an upcoming ACHPR’s panel discussion in
Banjul, The Gambia in which Member States will be briefed on the new Principles
The session is set for Monday.
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The experts called on all African governments to fully
implement the Commission’s recommendations in order to respect human rights in
the context of fighting terrorism.
The ACHPR Principles and Guidelines outline the fundamental
human rights principles, norms and standards applicable in the African region
that are most commonly engaged when countering terrorism.
These include the right to life, the absolute prohibition of
torture, refoulement, enforced disappearances and discrimination, the
independence of justice and the prohibition on arbitrary arrest and detention.
Other principles include the right to due process and fair
trial, protection of civil society actors, including human rights defenders and
journalists, as well as the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly
- CAJ News