BANJUL—A Nigerian, Mrs. Modupe Atoki, was, Monday, elected Chairperson of African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, ACHPR, at the on-going 50th ordinary session of the African Commission in Banjul, The Gambia.
Atoki defeated immediate past chairperson of the commission, Mrs. Reine Alapini-Ginsou, from Benin Republic.
Atoki is African Union, AU, Commissioner and Special Rapporteur, Prisons and other Places of Detention in Africa.
Her tenure is for two years and may be renewed once.
The African Commission was established under Article 30 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (which is domestic law in Nigeria) to promote human rights in Africa and ensure their protection. It has been in existence since 1987.
Mrs. Atoki is the second Nigerian to chair the Commission. Prof. Oji Umozurike, former Dean of Law at University of Calabar, chaired the commission between 1990 and 1992.
She is also the 10th chairman of the commission.