With immense sadness, the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACHPR) received news of the demise of Hon. Commissioner Ndiamé Gaye, Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on 11th March, 2021 in his home country, Senegal.
Having joined the ACHPR in July 2020, Commissioner Gaye was the Special Rapporteur and Chairperson of the Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa. He was also a member of the working groups on Prevention of Torture in Africa and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa. He was also the country Rapporteur for Central Africa Republic, Guinea Conakry, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
During the brief period, he interacted with a number of civil society actors, mostly virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From his inter-session activity reports presented during the 67th Ordinary Session of the ACHPR in November, 2020, he demonstrated a keen interest in contributing to the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa through his mandate and mechanism.
On behalf of the Governing CouncilACDRSACDChairman, Management and Staff of the ACDHRS; the NGOs Forum Steering Committee and indeed participants of the NGOs Forum, we extend our heartfelt condolences through the ACHPR to his family, colleagues friends and loved ones.
May his gentle soul rest in peace!