NGOs from Africa have called upon the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) to urge member states to abolish repressive laws which continue to suppress freedom of expression.
The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights in Africa, executive director, Hannah Foster, maintained that, “The suppression of freedom of expression, opinion, assembly and the press is becoming the norm rather than the exception and therefore continues to be a cause for concern on our continent with the formulation of draconian laws, harassment, intimidation, killings and arbitrary detention.”
The call by the NGOs comes against the backdrop of continued violations of human rights in countries such as Sudan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Cameroon and Guinea Conakry, among others.
Foster urged the Commission to take note of the resolutions by the NGOs and: “Pay particular attention to the situation in Angola, Burundi, Central Africa ...Zimbabwe and that they also.... request the African Commission to express solidarity with all journalists living under extreme persecution and to urge states to abolish repressive laws and to ensure a conducive environment for the protection of journalists in Africa.”
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