Engagement with the African Human Rights Mechanisms: An Overview for Protection Actors

This overview is intended to be a resource for Protection Clusters and other protection actors with an interest in engaging with the African Human Rights mechanisms. The African human rights system has been established by the African Union, a continental organization with 55 members. The main regional human rights instrument is the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which recognizes collective rights as linked to individual rights, socio-economic rights and the rights to self-determination and does not allow for derogations.