Africa Commission moves 55th Ordinary Session to Angola

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According to reports, the Agreement for Reception for Technical and Logistics Organization of the 55th Ordinary Session of the organisation has already been signed by Eduardo de Jesus Beni and Mary Maboreke to the effect in Luanda.  The secretary general of the Angolan Foreign Ministry announced that with the signing of the document, “the Angolan government will create the conditions to host the 55th Ordinary Session” scheduled for next month.

 

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‘A prestige for Angola’

The Banjul-based ACHPR annually conducts two sessions, the last of which was held last November in Banjul. Eduardo de Jesus Beni told journalists that the holding of the meeting in Angola will be a prestige for the country, given that his government has been working for some time to host the event. “I’m going back to the commission with good news… the ground is prepared and all conditions are ready to carry out this 55th session,” said Maboreke Mary, a Zimbabwean.

 

Set the ball rolling

The commission’s leadership has always argued that countries have not been expressing interest in hosting the sessions, which was one of the reasons why it stayed in Banjul despite calls that it should be moved elsewhere.

Observers believe this move has set the ball rolling for rotational hosting of the session. Subsequently, the honour and privilege will be extended to only those with good human rights records.

 

Author: Sanna Camara

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