African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights endorses the Regional Action Plan on Albinism in Africa (2017-2021)
In its resolution endorsing the Plan, the Commission urged States to adopt and implement the Regional Action Plan and to ensure the effective protection and promotion of the rights of persons with albinism and members of their families. It also invited organs and bodies of the African Union to give due regard to the Regional Action Plan within their mandates.
EU welcomes the Regional Action Plan as a positive and sustainable step
The European Parliament in its resolution on the Regional Action Plan expressed deep concern at the continuing and far-reaching discrimination and persecution faced by persons with albinism in Africa and condemned any inhuman and degrading treatment suffered by persons with albinism. They called for immediate and effective implementation of the Regional Action Plan. EU Member States were encouraged to keep engaging with affected countries to support policies which uphold the rights of persons with albinism.
UN Independent Expert presented the Regional Action Plan to the Human Rights Council
Read the report here
The Pan-African Parliament also endorsed the Regional Action Plan via resolution (PAP.4/PLN/RES/05/MAY.18)
A revised Plan of Action for the period 2021-2031 was adopted by the Executive Council of the African Union during its 35th Ordinary Session
The plan officially bares the name of “Plan of Action to End Attacks and Other Human Rights Violations Targeting Persons with Albinism in Africa (2021-2031)”
Development and Validation of the Implementation strategy for the Plan of Action
Under the leadership of the African Union (Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development) in collaboration with the UN Independent Expert on albinism, scores of civil society organizations representing person with albinism across Africa, developed and validated an implementation strategy for the Plan of Action. This strategy was embedded into the extant AU Plan of Action (2021-2031) to encourage clarity and immediate adoption into national legislation/policy frameworks and to facilitate implementation.
Evaluation of the Regional Action Plan (2017 – 2021)
At the end of its 5-year span, the Regional Action Plan (2017 – 2021) was evaluated by the UN Independent Expert and affiliates. Read that report here
Introduction of African Union Plan of Action (2021-2031)
The Regional Action Plan ended a nd the African Union Plan of Action (2021-2031) took over.