Amnesty International v Zambia (2000) AHRLR 325 (ACHPR 1999)

Decision of the African Commission on Human & Peoples' Rights finding violations of the complainant's rights, and stating that limitation clauses of the African Charter should be used with caution.

The case concerned the unlawful deportation of prominent political figures from Zambia. However, in its decision the African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights discussed the legitimate use of limitations to the provisions in the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission stated that it was its role ‘to caution against a too easy resort to the limitation clauses in the African Charter. The onus is on the state to prove that it is justified to resort to the limitation clause.’