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PostHeaderIcon 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.

 

PostHeaderIcon An ongoing Judicial Dialogue between the Court and National Judiciaries opens in Arusha

From November 18th ending today 20th November the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, H. E. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda, opened the Seminar on the Judicial Dialogue between the African Court and National Judiciaries organized by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), in Arusha.

The Seminar brought together Chief Justices/Presidents of Supreme and Constitutional Courts and other representatives of national jurisdictions of African Union Member States as well as Members of African Sub-regional Courts and Members of the continental institutions of the African human rights system.

The objective of the Dialogue is to enhance discussions between these institutions to ensure protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa and share experiences and challenges with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights and consolidating judicial processes to that end.

In her welcome address to the participants, the President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Honourable Lady Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, said that though this dialogue is with specific focus on collaboration towards enhancing human rights protection at the various levels, it will lay the groundwork for future dialogue on the overall transformational role that judicial institutions can and ought to play in African Union Member States and their regional and continental institutions.

In a keynote address, the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, H. E. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda, who officially opened the Seminar on behalf of the President of the Republic of Tanzania, H. E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, said that the United Republic of Tanzania is one of the twenty-six (26) African Union Member States which have ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and is one of only seven (7) African Union Member States to have deposited the declaration allowing individuals and Non-Governmental Organizations, direct access to the Court.

Regarding the objectives of the Seminar, H. E. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda said that it is important to share lessons on the African Court and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as these two institutions complement each other in the protection of human and peoples’ rights. He added that “the complementarity between them should be enhanced and supported, more so in view of the African Union Policy organs’ decisions to merge the African Court of Human Rights with the African Court of Justice to create the African Court of Justice and Human Rights whose jurisdiction will be extended to international crimes.”

On his part, the Chief Justice of the United Republic of Tanzania, Justice Mohammed Chande Othman, said that the dialogue and exchange will offer participants an invaluable opportunity to learn about our different experiences in this regard so that they enhance and consolidate the judicial processes to this end.

During the 3 day seminar, participants will specifically discuss, among others, the African human rights system and its continental bodies, the interactions between national, regional and international courts, such as through the principles of subsidiary, exhaustion of local remedies, complementarity and referrals for interpretation, procedures and practices in application of continental and regional human rights instruments by national courts, enforcement of decisions and recommendations of continental and regional human rights bodies by national courts and institutions, advisory jurisdiction of regional and continental courts and quasi-judicial institutions vis-à-vis national institutions.

The Dialogue follows a series of sensitization activities the Court has organized since 2010, aimed at creating awareness among stakeholders, including in particular, the Colloquium of Regional African Human Rights Courts and Similar Institutions, held in Arusha, Tanzania, from 4-6 October 2010, the Continental Conference on the Promotion of the Court held in Lilongwe Malawi, from 9 to 11 March 2011, the Consultative and Sensitization Seminar for National Human Rights Institutions in Africa, held in Arusha, Tanzania, from 16 to 18 November 2011, the Regional Sensitization Seminar for North and Eastern Africa organized in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, from 22 to 24 August 2012, the Continental Consultative and Sensitization Seminar on the promotion of the Court for Women Human Rights NGOs in Africa, held from 24 to 26 April 2013, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and Regional Sensitization Seminar on the Promotion of the African Court in West Africa held in Abidjan from 8 to 10 May 2013.

For further information on the Dialogue, please visit the website of the Court on www.african-court.org or contact the Information Unit of the Court by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NB: Due to unpredictable circumstances there is no a French version of this information, but once one is available, it will soon be updated on the website, we apologize for any inconvenience.

 

PostHeaderIcon New Deputy Registrar at the African Court

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights sworn in a new Deputy Registrar; Ms Jester Helena Charewa on Monday 16 September 2013.

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.

 

PostHeaderIcon The 30th Ordinary Session of the African Court opens in Arusha

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights opened its 30th Ordinary Session on 16 September at its seat in Arusha, Tanzania, at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Conservation Centre. The Session takes place for 2 weeks from 16 to 27 September 2013.

During the Session, the Court will hold a public hearing on 25 and 26 September in respect of Application No. 003/2012 Peter Joseph Chacha v. The United Republic of Tanzania.

The Applicant, Mr. Peter Joseph Chacha, alleges that he was unlawfully arrested, detained, charged and imprisoned contrary to Sections 13(1) (a) and (b) and 13 (3) (a), (b) and (c) of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA), Chapter 20 of the Laws of The United Republic of Tanzania. According to the Applicant, his alleged unlawful arrest, detention, and imprisonment in relation to a criminal case has violated his right under Article 15 (1) and (2) (a) of the Constitution of the United Republic Tanzania.

In addition, the Applicant alleges that the police unlawfully seized his property which is a violation of his right to own and protect property.

 
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