Dec 9, 2009, 12:58 PM
The United Nations advocacy representative at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies Geneva office recently addressed the 49th ordinary session of the Banjul-based African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights currently underway at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, stressing her institute's concern about events in
Laila Matar, a human rights advocate, said that the uprising taking place in North Africa took Africa and the world at large by surprise, adding that it is the logical consequences of the terrible erosion of human rights over the preceding years, particularly in 2010.
According to her, this pattern of repression extends to the brutal way in which authoritarian regimes attempted to suppress these popular calls for reform and democracy, leaving hundreds dead and thousand killed in
"Unfortunately, violations have continued in these countries since the uprisings. In
She said hundreds of protesters have been arrested, and there have been several allegations of torture inside military detention facilities, noting that the numbers of civilians looking to face military trials are reported to be in the thousands, several hundreds of which were arrested from the peaceful protests.
Dozens of repressive laws and arbitrary practices are still in place, along with the continuation of torture and enforced disappearance," she further stated.
She urged the special rapporteurs on freedom of expression, and human rights defenders, to request a visit to
llaria Paolazzi, Africa programme adviser of the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) said that APT attaches great importance and expectations in the mission of the African Commission, adding that it has committed itself to add its contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights in