Indigenous Peoples in Africa: The Forgotten Peoples? The African Commission's work on indigenous peoples in Africa
The report contains both an analysis of criteria for identifying indigenous peoples in Africa, an analysis of their human rights situation seen in the light of the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and an analysis of the African Charter/jurisprudence and its potential for promoting and protecting the human rights of indigenous peoples in Africa. The report also includes concrete recommendations to the African Commission. By adopting this report and its findings and recommendations, the ACHPR has sent a clear signal that they recognize the existence of indigenous populations in Africa, that indigenous populations suffer from serious human rights violations (often including the violation of fundamental collective rights), that the African Charter should be used to protect and promote the human rights of indigenous populations, and that the ACHPR will actively work on the issue.