Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)
The State Report of Mauritius is due for examination today, Friday 24 July 2020 from by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission), during its 66th Ordinary Session. Mauritius is commended for its efforts in complying with its obligations under Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (African Charter). It is also among few countries in the SADC region that made progress in improving its reporting status on the African Charter since 2017, by up-dating all its outstanding periodic reports. Mauritius has also made progress in ratifying the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which was one of Concluding Observations passed by the African Commission in 2017. However, the state report has not followed the reporting guidelines adopted by African Commission requiring 50% of Part A (African Charter) be combined with 50% of Part B (Maputo Protocol). The opportunity will be missed to elaborate on progress made to advance women and girls rights safeguarded in the Maputo Protocol. HURISA is also concerned about the persistence of torture in prisons leading to death of inmates, excessive use of powers by state security agents in enforcing curfews rules for curbing COVID19. We are also concerned about the arrest of citizens for sharing footages on online platforms due to restrictive amended laws that deem such material obscene, false or misleading with the likelihood of causing annoyance, humiliation, inconvenience to any person. This amounts to violation of freedom of expression and speech, which conflict with ACHPR’s Declaration on Principles of Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, as well as other international standards binding on Mauritius.
66th Ordinary Session Public Session Link
Public Session Zoom Webinar links:
13 July 2020 – 24 July 2020 – Public Session
Life stream on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgw.JmiMTr59JOjYZJJtfzuw
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