Advocates boycott African human rights conference in Egypt

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05/16/2019

The 64th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, was a sad time for the African continent’s human rights body. Human rights defenders boycotted the session to express their dissatisfaction with the commission’s decision to cancel the observer status it had previously granted to the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL). Many defenders also objected to the homophobia and hostility to human rights that are prevalent in Egypt, which is currently taking its turn as leader of the African Union. At the ACHPR’s previous session, held in Banjul-Gambia in October 2018, the commission’s independence was thrown into question after it bowed to political pressure by canceling the observer status of CAL.

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