Investigations may be initiated on the basis of the Committee of Experts having received a communication. These can be submitted by state parties to the charter or by individuals, groups and NGOs which are recognized by a member state, the African Union or the United Nations. Any violation of child rights may be considered if the country where the violation has occurred is a signatory of the Children’s Charter.
A communication must meet the following criteria:
You can send your communications here:
Department of Social Affairs
Commission of the African Union
African Union Headquarters
Roosvelt Street (Old Airport Area)
W21K19 Addis Ababa
Fax: +251 1 53 57 16
Investigation typically is carried out by means of investigation missions. To ensure that the investigative mission team has background knowledge of the situation, a preliminary report according to certain guidelines and based on available information is prepared before each investigation. The mission will meet with available state and non-state organizations and people in the country where they will be investigating.
After finalizing its investigation, the committee has to release a preliminary result to the government and the media in the country of investigation. A final report will be prepared which incorporates the mission’s recommendations. This mission report must be attached to the progress report of the Committee to the African heads of state and government.
The country that has been investigated must submit a written reply up to six months after the adoption of a decision by the Committee of Experts on what has been done regarding the requirements or measures in the mission report.