We, the participants of the NGO Forum of the 40th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the 14th African Human Rights Book Fair, held at the Paradise Hotel in Banjul , the Gambia from November 12th – 14th , 2006,
Recalling the Robben Island Guidelines against Torture which were agreed by the ACHPR in 2002 as a preventive measure for the prohibition and prevention of torture;
Taking cognizance of the Follow-up Committee to the Robben Island Guidelines set up ACHPR;
Considering the need for Professor Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, to visit member states and share experiences with those that clearly effected change;
Recommend to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights:
1. To provide the human and financial resources to the Follow-up Committee to the Robben Island Guidelines so that they can promptly complete and implement their Plan of Action.
2. To implement without further delay the Kigali decision of the Ministers of the AU to establish the Human Rights Voluntary Fund.