ZEPORT ON PROMOTIONAL VISIT8 TO UGANDA AND KENYA FROM 12 21 JULY, 1998 I3Y PANKWA PROF,• ntroduction and Acknowledgernent At the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Commission), which was held in Banjul, The Gambia from 20 to 29 April 1998, 4 new countries Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Cameroon were assigned to me for promotional activities. In such division of States Parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Charter) among Commissioners, the Commission expects the former to contribute towards the fulfiliment of one of its functions. To proinote Human and Peoples' Rights and in particular: (a) disseminate information, To collect documents encourage national and local institutions concerned with human and peoples' rights and, should the case arise, give its views or make recommendations to Govemments; (Art. 5). The assistance which I have received in times past from the Lega1 Division of the General Secretariat of the O.A.U. in the planning of my prornotional visits was once again extended to me in respect of my visits to Uganda and Kenya. The Commission's Secretary Mr. German Baricako also responded quickly to my request to notify the foreign ministries of my host countries with a list of officiais I desired to see Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior (Home Affairs), the Attorney General (Minister of Justice), the Head of the Police and Prison Service, ail officiais with significant responsibilities for protection of Human Rights. The General Secretariat of the OAU had earlier on done the same. I appreciate their assistance. It is heartening to note that the Embassy of Kenya in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia notified me in Ghana of the grant of my request to have a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Kenya. In Kampala, Uganda officiais of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were surprised to learn that I had not received their positive response to my request to meet the named officiais on the basis of which a programme had been drawn up by them for rny visit. The vagaries of communicating with Ghana through fax and electronic mail in

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