1. African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights “Banjul Charter” (1981)
(Adopted by the African States members of the Organization of African Unity, 27 June 1981)

The African States members of the Organization of African Unity, parties to the present convention entitled "African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights"


Article 25

States Parties of the present Charter shall have the duty to promote and ensure through teaching, education and publication, the respect of the rights and freedoms contained in the present Charter and to see to it that these freedoms and rights as well as corresponding obligations and duties are understood.


Chapter II - Mandate of the Commission

Article 45

The functions of the Commission shall be:

1. To promote human and peoples’ rights and in particular:

(a) to collect documents, undertake studies and researches on African problems in the field of human and peoples’ rights, organize seminars, symposia and conferences, disseminate information, encourage national and local institutions concerned with human and people’s rights, and should the case arise, give its views or make recommendations to Governments;


(c) co-operate with other African and international organizations concerned with the promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights.