NGO Forum April 2018



The Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the Ordinary Sessions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission), also known as the ‘NGOs Forum’ is an advocacy platform coordinated by the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (African Centre) to promote advocacy, lobbying and networking among Human Rights NGOs, for the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa.

 The NGOs Forum shares updates on the human rights situation in Africa by the African and international NGOs community with a view of identifying responses as well as adopting strategies towards improving the human rights situation on the continent.

Objective: fostering closer collaboration between and among NGOs and with the African Commission, for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights in Africa under the said themes.


The Forum will cover three (3) main thematic areas namely:

  1. Status of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (update from sub-regional Focal Points on the general situation of human rights in Africa)
  2. Special Interest Groups Discussions (Kindly note that the list of not exhaustive, new interest groups are welcome)
  3. Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa
  4. Rights of Women in Africa
  5. Human Rights Defenders in Africa
  6. Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa
  7. Prevention of Torture in Africa
  8. Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants in Africa
  9. Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa
  10. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa
  11. Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings in Africa
  12. Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities in Africa
  13. People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV
  14. Extractive Industries; Environment and Human Rights Violations
  15. Policing and Human Rights
  16. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
  17. Freedom of Association and Assembly
  18. Peace and Security in Africa
  19. Enforced disappearances
  20. Networking for Human Rights in Africa (sharing experiences, best practices and lessons learnt on how youth, advocacy networks have contributed or could contribute to democracy and human rights in Africa. A series of panel discussions on general human rights related issues will be organized within the main agenda of the NGOs Forum as well as at side events, and even extending to the margins of the Ordinary Session.

Date and Venue: 21-23 April, 2018 – Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania

 Language: The deliberations of the Forum will be in English and French with available simultaneous interpretation facilities.

Participants: Representatives from African civil society/NGOs, international NGOs from Africa and beyond working on democracy, human rights and the rule of law issues, academia, media, etc,

Expected Outcomes:

  • Adoption of Recommendations and Resolutions to be forwarded to the African Commission for its consideration during the 62nd Ordinary Session
  • NGOs Statement at the official opening of the 62nd Ordinary Session (highlighting deliberations of the NGOs Forum)
  • Presentation of alternative reports on the situation of human rights in Angola, Botswana, Eritrea, Nigeria and Togo (State Party reports to be examined during the said Session)
  • Networking, advocacy and lobbying opportunity by participants at different levels
  • Report of the NGOs Forum and African Human Rights Bookfair

Visa: Participants are requested to obtain their entry visa from the Diplomatic / Consular Missions of the Republic of Mauritania in their respective countries of residence. In this respect, participants are advised to check for such missions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / External Relations of their country of residence.

All visitors must present a passport valid for at least three months and a visa with the exception of nationals of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso for which only a valid passport is required.

However, the visa is obtained at Nouakchott Airport upon presentation of an invitation duly signed by the ACDHRS Officials.

Short stay (up to 3 months)

Visa Fees (Africa and Arab Region): 40 euros/45 dollars US

Visa Fees (Others): 55 euros/60 dollars US

AccommodationThe African Centre would distribute negotiated room rates to participants.

RegistrationAll participants must complete and submit the registration form online which can be found at: no later than Friday, 13th April, 2018 providing all the details as contained in the form.  The African Centre is not obliged to process registration forms received after the deadline.

Registration fees:  All participants are to pay the registration fee of $150.00 (one hundred and fifty United States Dollars) or its equivalent in Euros or CFA. The said amount contributes to expenses in relation to the conference package (conference room, tea and coffee breaks, lunch, water, projector, interpretation equipment, Interpreters salary, translation, documentation, stationery and other administrative logistics/support) provided during the Forum only.

Furthermore, note that the said amount should be paid by ALL participants in cash at the registration desk.

Panel Request: Kindly complete the panel request form online as detailed as possible no later than Friday, 13th April, 2018. Please note that the African Centre is not obliged to receive and process panel requests received after the deadline. Partners are required to contribute the amount US$300.00 (three hundred US Dollars) for all approved requests as their contribution towards the organization of the NGOs Forum.

Administrative Fees for side events: Partners that wish to organise side events and require the assistance of the African Centre should please note that an administrative fee of US$500.00 (five hundred US Dollars) must be paid to the African Centre by the said Partner.

However, if the African Centre is informed of the organisation of the side event only for its information, then the Partner would not be required to pay such a fee.

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