The ACHPR was inaugurated in 1987 to oversee and interpret the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (also known as the Banjul Charter). The Charter is a human rights instrument designed to champion the promotion and protection of human rights and basic freedoms in Africa.
Under the Charter, the ACHPR is charged with three major functions, the:
- Promotion of human and peoples’ rights
- Protection of human and peoples’ rights
- Interpretation of the Charter