ACHPR: Report of the study group of freedom of association and assembly

In light of the visible trend of shrinking space for civil society and the persistent targeting of human rights defenders and their work, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights created the Study Group on Freedom of Association and Assembly during its 46th Ordinary Session.

As part of the Study Group DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) contributed to the report, which was concluded and launched during the 56th Ordinary Session.

Download the full report in English or French.

Update: In April 2016, during its 58th Ordinary Session, the Commission adopted a resolution giving the Study Group a mandate to draft guidelines on freedom of association and peaceful assembly.

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Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.

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