ISHR builds a case for The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) upon withdrawal of their observer status in their report

The AU’s directives run counter to the spirit and letter of Article 42(2) of the African Charter which empowers the ACHPR to independently lay down its rules of procedure The ACHPR’s decision also violates the rights of freedom of expression and association of CAL and its members on discriminatory bases, and sets a dangerous precedent. Furthermore, the decision violates the right enshrined in the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders to unhindered access to and communication with international bodies. The AU and ACHPR must ensure apolitical, fair and transparent consideration of all NGO applications for consultative status.

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