NAIROBI – Sunday, 16 July 2023 (APS) – Three candidates representing Algeria have been elected to important posts within the organs of the African Union (AU), on the occasion of the 43rd Ordinary Session of the AU Executive Council, which took place on Thursday and Friday in Nairobi (Kenya).

Samia Bourouba has been elected as a member of the AU Commission on International Law (AUCIL), an independent legal advisory body to the African body that contributes to the codification and progressive development of international law on the African continent.

For her part, Sabrina Gahar will represent Algeria as a member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), the world’s first and only children’s rights treaty body empowered to receive complaints against states.

Finally, Selma Sassi-Safer has been elected as a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), which is the body responsible for implementing the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The election of these three Algerian candidates, with “particularly comfortable” majorities, unequivocally confirms Algeria’s role within the AU, under the leadership of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and consolidates its presence within the continental organization.

It is also a recognition by the international community of Algeria’s eminent role as an actor working for the promotion and protection of human rights and bears witness to the trust placed in it and the recognition enjoyed by Algerian experts in the field of human rights, children’s rights and international law.