CGHR is pleased to note that the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has made available a draft text of its proposed General Comment on the right to life (that will become General Comment No.3).
The draft is available in English and in French from links on the Commission’s homepage.
In June, the Working Group on the Death Penalty and Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings in Africa (the mechanism of the Commission which will initially work on the General Comment) held a drafting meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. CGHR Research Associate Dr Thomas Probert was invited to attend on behalf of our partner, the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria), and as the editor of CGHR’s research report Unlawful Killings in Africa, which was a central part of the background material provided to the meeting.
The current draft now open for consultation includes sections on the death penalty, the use of force in law enforcement, the use of force in armed conflict, custodial deaths and state responsibility for killings by non-state actors. It also dedicates sections to the importance of accountability in the protection of the right to life and the question of interpreting the right to life more broadly.