14 Mar 2024

Organised crime in Africa / Understanding the African Commission’s role in combating TOCs in Africa

Combined regional and global efforts can bolster Africa's fight against transnational organised crime, ensuring accountability and safeguarding rights.

A key premise of this study is that transnational organised crimes (TOCs) violate core human rights norms, principles and values of regional and international human rights instruments, including the Banjul Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This study examines the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ role and work in combating TOCs in Africa. Specifically, it looks at how the Commission has dealt with TOCs within the African human rights system (AfHRS) using its various internal mechanisms, and especially how it has used the African (Banjul) Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Charter) to combat TOCs in the region.

About the author

Dr Feyi Ogunade is the Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator for West Africa.

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