Launches of the “African Union Transitional Justice Policy” and the “Study on Transitional Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights in Africa”
The 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) was held from 24 April to 14 May 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Two significant documents in relation to transitional justice in Africa were launched during this session.
The African Union Commission launched the “African Union Transitional Justice Policy” (AUTJP). This policy was adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union in February 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AUTJP can be downloaded in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights formally launched the “Study on Transitional Justice on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Africa”, which had been adopted during the 24th Extra-Ordinary Session in July last year. This study aims at guiding the Commission in applying a transitional justice lens to its protective and promotional mandate, and thereby at assisting states in the design and implementation of transitional justice processes in compliance with the standards of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. The study offers a comprehensive and systematic approach to transitional justice in Africa and provides recommendation on an institutional mechanism for transitional justice in the Commission. The document presents African experiences and perspectives on the practice of and discourse on transitional justice. It also reviews continental legislative frameworks relevant to transitional justice, as well as mechanisms and procedures for pursuing transitional justice in the African human rights system. The study is available in English and in French.