Press release

African Commission on Human and People’s rights conclude visit to Seychelles following intensive promotion mission

April 13, 2015

A delegation from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, led by Honourable Commissioner Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen, concluded their promotion to Seychelles on the 10th of April with a Press Conference at the Foreign Affairs Department. 

During his visit, the Commissioner met with various stakeholders who have an influence on the promotion and protection of human rights in Seychelles, including President James Michel, Vice President Faure, relevant Ministers, UN agencies, parastatal organisations, as well as civil society and non-governmental organization representatives.

The Commissioner also met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr Joel Morgan, and expressed his appreciation with regards to the varied range of stakeholders he was able to meet with during his mission.

During his Press Conference, the Commissioner commended Seychelles for its political will in protecting and promoting human rights for its citizens, and highlighted areas in which the country had made progress, such as the noticeable representation of women in decision making bodies, the existence of social schemes aimed to protect vulnerable groups, and the outstanding management of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The Commissioner also took note of the country’s shortcomings which must be addressed, such as the issue of mandatory minimum sentencing, infrastructures which are unfriendly to persons with disabilities, and the non-compliance of the National Human Rights Commission with Paris Principles.

The delegations full findings on their mission to Seychelles will be presented at an upcoming session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Government of Seychelles looks forward to further engaging with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in a view of the full realization of human rights for all its citizens.