July 18, 2011 – Professor Pacifique Manirakiza, a member of the HRREC, was elected to theAfrican Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at the African Union summit which took place on June 30 and July 1, 2011 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The members serve in their personal capacity, independently, and are chosen from among Africans of great reputation, known for their high morality, integrity, impartiality and competence. In exercising their functions, they enjoy the privileges and immunities guaranteed by the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the African Union. Congratulations to Prof. Manirakiza!
The Commission, which meets twice a year in the spring and fall, is based in Banjul, Gambia. It has a four-year mandate. The Commission is composed of 11 members elected by secret ballot by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. The Commission elects its own office, the President and the Vice President for a renewable period of two years. The Secretary of the Commission is appointed by the Commission of the African Union. Source