Friday, August 13, 2010

Human Rights: Uganda Becomes 24th Country to Ratify the Maputo Protocol

Uganda Uganda became the 24th country to ratify the "Maputo Protocol" to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.  The protocol was adopted by the Heads of State and Government at a session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) convened in Maputo on July 11, 2003.  Uganda signed the protocol in 2004 and this year ratified it.

The other state parties are Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Seychelles, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Among other measures, the Maputo Protocol calls for the prohibition of female genital mutilation (FGM).  Click here to see the Maputo Protocol.  

Hat tip to East Africa Business Week and the Public International Law and Policy Group

(mew)

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