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AU ECOSOCC calls for an expedient and peaceful transition of power in the Gambia
Press Statement - African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU – ECOSOCC) is extremely concerned about the situation in the Gambia since the outgoing President unjustly rejected the outcome the December 1 election in his statement on 9 December 2016 only one week after he has rightly accepted the election results and conceded defeat to the opposition.
In a statement released on the 14th of December 2016, the Presiding Officer Mr. Joseph Chilengi said, “ECOSOCC strongly welcomes and joins the call by the AU, ECOWAS, UNSC and others for a prompt, unconditional and peaceful transition of power to the duly elected new authorities respecting the sovereign will of the Gambian people and the constitutional process”. In this regard, ECOSOCC further recalls the December 10 statement of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, underlining that the rejection of the election results by the outgoing President Yahya Jammeh is null and void.
African Court organises 10th Anniversary Symposium in Arusha
Arusha, 16 November, 2016: The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) has organized an International Symposium 21-22 November 2016 to mark its 10th Anniversary at its seat in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania.
"The overall objective of the Symposium is to assess the work of the Court for the last 10 years with a view to making recommendations that will enhance the effectiveness of the Court for the future," according to the African Court President, Hon. Justice Sylvain Orě.
The Symposium will bring together over 150 delegates including the academia, Civil Society Organizations, Organs of the AU, judiciary representatives of regional and sub-regional human rights institutions, among others.
Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and Wayamo Foundation International Symposium on the theme, “Towards a System of International Justice”
African Court Coalition alongside human rights activists, experts on international criminal law and criminal justice, and civil society organisations from across Africa and other parts of the world, participated in a two day symposium on International criminal justice. The meeting was held in Arusha, Tanzania from 18-19 October 2016 and organised by Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and Wayamo Foundation.
Some of the critical topics discussed include:
- Press Release: Recent withdrawal of some African countries from the International Criminal Court
- Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and Wayamo Foundation Workshop on First Responders at Scenes of Mass Crimes.
- International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
- Fifth Annual meeting of AfCHPR and ACHPR
- Benin deposits Article 34(6) Declaration
- Chad becomes 30th AU Member State to ratify the Protocol on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights