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1) In view of the above-mentioned elements, States parties should immediately and
unconditionally:
- Implement all the provisions of the 1998 United Nations (UN) Declaration on Human Rights
Defenders;
- Release all defenders who are arbitrarily detained for merely exercising their rights to
fundamental freedoms;
- Put an end to all acts of harassment - including at the judicial level - against human rights
defenders;
- Order immediate, thorough, transparent investigations into allegations of violations of
human rights defenders’ rights, in order to identify all those responsible, bring them before an
independent tribunal, and apply them the sanctions provided by the law;
- Refrain from adopting any provisions that do not comply with international and African
human rights standards, and abrogate or revise any such provisions that may be in force;
- Send a standing invitation to the United Nations and ACHPR’s Special Rapporteurs on
Human Rights Defenders and facilitate their country visits.
2) The Observatory also calls upon the ACHPR to:
- Denounce and condemn all human rights violations faced by human rights defenders
during the examination of the periodic reports of the States parties to the ACHPR, and on the
occasion of all visits conducted in a State party;
- Increase its capacities to respond to urgent situations faced by human rights defenders;
- Ensure the effective implementation of its resolutions, concluding observations and
decisions on communications;
- Continue and strengthen the collaboration with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on
Human Rights Defenders and with the other regional mechanisms.
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Banjul, April-May 2015
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