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DECISION ON THE ELECTION OF JUDGES OF THE AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES' RIGHTS
In the election and appointment of new judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights conducted during the 25th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on 23rd June 2014, the following were elected as new judges of the Court;
SUMMARY OF DELIVERY OF RULING IN RESPECT OF REV. CHRISTOPHER R. MTIKILA v. THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
At its seat Arusha, Tanzania, today Friday 13, June 2014, 10:00 am, the African Court on Human and Peoples Right held a public hearing for delivery of ruling in respect of Rev. Christopher R. Mtikila v. the United Republic of Tanzania.
In the ruling, both parties were represented, all judges were present for the composition of the Court except Hon. Justice S. L. Ramadhan according to Article 22 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, stating the exclusion of a judge if the judge is a national of any State which is a party to a case submitted to the Court not to hear the case and Rule 8(2) of the Rules of Court contemplating same exclusion.
Procedures of the application were read throughout accordingly, stating the remedies sought by the applicants as well as respondent’s replies to the remedies sought and prayers including several preliminary objections as well as merits of the application.
The final ruling after the analysis of the merits of the application was that;
The applicants claim for legal courses having not been proved were dismissed.
The respondent state was ordered to submit to the Court within 6 months starting from the date of the ruling a report on the measures it has taken in compliance with the judgment of the Court dated 14th June 2013 in consolidated application numbers.
The state was also ordered to issue the official English summary developed by the registry of the Court the judgment of the Court dated 14th June 2013 within 6 months indicating paragraph 45 of the ruling which will be provided once the Court has uploaded this ruling on its website, adding the summary to be translated to Kiswahili at the expense of the respondent state and publish in all languages in; official Gazette and one on a national newsletter with wide spread circulation.
Also to publish the entire judgment of 14th June 2013 in English in the official website of the respondent state and remain available on the said website for the period of one year and that within 9 months from the date of the ruling to submit to the Court a report describing the measures taken under paragraph 4 as explained above.
Finally in accordance with Rule 30 of the Rules of the Court which spells out the legal costs, each party was ordered to bear its own costs.
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic has become the 27th country to ratify the African Court Protocol
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic has ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 27/11/2013 and deposited the instrument of ratification on 27/01/2014. Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic has become the 27th country Party to the African Court Protocol.
New Deputy Registrar at the African Court
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Prior to her appointment as the Deputy Registrar of the Court, Ms Charewa who is a Zimbabwe national was a Senior Legal Officer and Special Assistant to the President of the Court.
Ms Charewa holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Science in International Relations (MSc/IR). She also attended several trainings and seminars in the field of law, including trainings in judgment drafting, Humanitarian and refugee Law.
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