TRES\003\11\2015: THEMATIC RECOMMENDATION ON ASYLUM SEEKERS, REFUGEES, MIGRANTS AND IDPS
We, the participants of the Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the 57thOrdinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the 31st African Human Rights Book fair held in Banjul, The Gambia from 31st October–2nd November 2015;
We note with dismay that that this year migration has become a global issue as it affects countries of the north, yet most migration takes place between countries of the South and issues of migration within our continent are not visible.
In this regard we further note with concern that in spite of the Common African Position on Migration and Development and the Migration Policy Framework for Africa, issues pertaining to Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and IDPs are not prioritised by AU institutions, state parties or indeed by civil society. This is in spite of the on-going deaths of thousands of African migrants forced to undertake perilous journeys to seek safety from persecution, conflict and poverty.
The NGOs Forum recommends to the African Commission to:
To AU State Parties:
Done in Banjul, The Gambia – 2nd November 2015