BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)- The Country’s Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), has been granted an African Union Commission’s status observer on Human Rights and People’s Rights.
This follows CHREAA’s successful three-year assessment, which the 60th session of the AU Commission granted in Niamey, Niger.
As an observer, CHREAA is required to present its activity reports to the Commission every two years on its activities.
The human right watchdog, is also expected to establish close relations with the Commission, through regular consultations on matters of common interest.
Civil society organizations (CSOs), are granted the status upon certifying the Commission’s Resolution 33 that defines the criteria for granting, and enjoying the status for human and people’s rights organizations in Africa.
The development has excited CHREAA’s Executive Director Victor Mhango, who said the Commission’s approval gives his organization power to promote and fight for human rights in the country.
Mhanga said the recognition will help Malawi network and exchange experiences with other countries easily, which will also give limelight on human rights issues to the country.
He therefore, lauded CHREAA’s new status as a great breakthrough. He said CHREAA had to fulfill a lot of requirements before it was granted the AU Commission observer status.
“This means that we will be part of the discussions happening at the African Commission. This is an opportunity which gives Malawi the needed exposure to learn from other countries to bring light in some of the human rights issues the nation is facing.
“There are a lot of requirements that an NGO has to meet to be granted this status. This is a breakthrough. We are the only organization from Malawi, which has been awarded the observer status in this submission,” a visibly delighted Mhango said.
Malawi has other CSOs with the observer status, including Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), Malawi CARER, and the Malawi Human Right Commission.
The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (the Commission), was established under article 30 of the AfricanCharter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Charter), with the twin mandate of promotion and protection of human rights in Africa, as provided for in the Charter.
It is the primary body responsiblefor human rights in Africa in accordance with articles 75 and 76 of the Commission’s rules of procedure for non-?governmental organizations (NGOs) granted observer
Status by the Commission may. Through authorized representatives, the NGOs may participate in the public sessions of the Commission and its subsidiarybodies.