(West African Focal Point)
The Centre des Droits de l’Homme et du Développement (CDHD), in partnership with the African Court Coalition held a conference entitled « la ratification du Protocole portant statut de la Cour africaine de justice et des droits de l’homme par la République du Congo : quels enjeux et quelles perspectives ? » at the Phoenix Hotel in Brazzaville, the Congo on 14 May 2011. The keynote speaker was Mr Charles Emile Appesse, the First president of the Court of Appeal of Brazzaville. The chairperson of the conference was Mr Gilbert Mouyabi, the legal and administrative Advisor of the Lord Chancellor, Minister of justice and human rights and judge at the Supreme Court.
Some 30 participants from the ministry of justice and the human rights, magistrates, lawyers, members of the police service and NGO representatives attended the conference.
The participants reviewed the mechanisms of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and having examined the effect of the ratification of the Protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the participants formulated recommendations, including the following; for NGOs and state actors to strengthen efforts aimed at raising awareness of the African Court Protocol and protocol establishing the African Court of Justice and Human Rights; and to make the declaration accepting the competence of the Court to receive cases from individuals and NGOs.