Madagascar: National Commission on Human Rights (moribund)

Updated November 2012

The 1992 Constitution provides for an independent office to promote and protect human rights. In 1994 the National Assembly assigned that role to the Office of the Mediator, which relies on moral suasion to correct abuses. In 2000 the Government created an additional body called the National Commission on Human Rights. This commission has undertaken public awareness raising campaigns and workshops to reinforce relationships with NGO's active in the area of human rights (Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 2001) . It has been inactive since 2002, when its members' terms expired and the government has offered no explanation for the delay in naming replacements (Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 2007) .

The 2010 constitution of Madagascar protects human rights; however in practice it is not the case. Evident to this is the 2009 political violence that left more than twenty five people dead and others eriously injured. The National Commission on Human Rights created by the government was inactive during this period, it was mostly international human rights activist who attempted to address the matter.

References

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR 2001 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2006: Madagascar.

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2006: Madagascar.