Practice Relating to Rule 143. Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law among the Civilian Population
Senegal’s Decree on the High Commission for Human Rights and the Promotion of Peace (2004) states:
The High Commission for Human Rights and the Promotion of Peace is … tasked with monitoring all questions regarding the promotion and protection of human rights [and] the implementation of international humanitarian law …
To this effect:
- it receives and instructs … all complaints [which are brought before it by] natural persons or legal entities as well as organizations working in the field of promoting and protecting human rights and humanitarian law, without, however, being able to intervene in juridical proceedings or to call into question the validity of a judicial decision;
- it watches over … the implementation of international conventions in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law, and contributes to the adoption of domestic law to these conventions.
In 2011, in its third periodic report to the Committee against Torture, Senegal stated:
37. The Senegalese authorities have continued to work to advance the institution-building process that began following independence. A great deal has been accomplished in this respect, with one example being the creation in 2004 of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Promotion of Peace, whose mission is to protect and promote all human rights as an absolute priority.
38. The Office of the High Commissioner, which is attached to the Office of the President, includes:
- A human rights desk, which can receive complaints from any individual or body corporate and from organizations working in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law.
- A follow-up unit, which is also responsible for documentation and the promotion of human rights and international humanitarian law. It is tasked with the preparation of national reports on the human rights situation and of replies to communications and questions addressed to Senegal by regional and international bodies responsible for monitoring the situation with respect to human rights and international humanitarian law.
Article 10 of the  Convention [against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment]
134. Education and information concerning the prohibition of torture features prominently in the curricula of training academies for police, the gendarmerie, customs officials, health officials, and members of the Armed Forces and the judiciary as well as in human rights institutions.
136. Each year the Peace and Human Rights Institute of the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar offers a master’s degree programme on citizenship, human rights and humanitarian action. Students in this programme receive training in human rights, international humanitarian law and, particularly, specific methods for protecting the physical integrity of persons. A number of members of the country’s security forces have received this training.
137. The High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Promotion of Peace and the Senegalese Human Rights Committee are conducting public education and training programmes.
In 2013, in its third to fifth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Senegal stated:
A. Protection of the rights of child victims and strengthening of the protection of children’s rights
26. Senegal has continued to build on these efforts by strengthening the legal and regulatory frameworks and by becoming party to several international instruments, including … the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. During the reporting period, the National Assembly authorized the President of the Republic to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and adopted the Social Policy Orientation Act on the rights of persons with disabilities. … These laws together with other older legislation have been disseminated in the form of a compendium of laws on children’s rights in Senegal …
N. Measures adopted to disseminate the  Convention on the Rights of the Child
140. The State has adopted several measures to improve the dissemination of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. … Training colleges, including the Special Social Work Training College and those for the Police and the Gendarmerie, have included the Convention in their modules on the rights of the child.
141. Thanks to the support of some development partners … , coalitions working for children have been established, made up of civil society organizations such as the National Coalition of Children’s Associations and NGOs (CONAFE). These organizations, collectively and individually, have organized workshops, sports tournaments … and outdoor activities in all regions of the country, where the content of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Committee’s recommendations were disseminated.
142. These organizations, taking advantage of the Day of the African Child celebrated on 16 June, have also led campaigns to raise awareness of, popularize and promote the  African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child[.]