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CHRR, CEDEP & YAS SUBMISSION AT THE 62nd SESSION OF THE AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA

2nd May 2018

 

Petition to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Att:     Her Excellency the Chairperson

Banjul,

The Gambia.

 

Introduction

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), Youth and Society, Nongovernmental Organisations Network (Mango) and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition of Malawi (HRDC) are human rights organizations and networks based and operating in Malawi. The five organisations, hereby petition the Office of the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights to place special focus on Malawi to improve its compliance with international human rights conventions; more importantly, to meaningfully commit to implement and domesticate these instruments in a comprehensive manner.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
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