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Benin deposits Article 34(6) Declaration to allow NGOs and individuals to directly access the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The Republic of Benin becomes the eighth AU Member State to deposit the Declaration under Article 34 (6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right to allow Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and individuals to directly access the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The Declaration was deposited to the African Union Commission on February 8, 2016.

Others State Parties to the Protocol which have made the Declaration recognising the competence of the Court to receive cases from NGOs and individuals are: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is a continental court established by the AU to enhance the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa.

As of 31 January, 2016 thirty (30) countries had ratified the Protocol out of 54 AU Member States.

 

PostHeaderIcon Chad becomes 30th AU Member State to ratify the Protocol on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Chad becomes 30th AU Member State to ratify the Protocol on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The Republic of Chad has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right, bringing the number of African Union (AU) Member States to have ratified it to 30.

The instrument was signed on 27 January, 2016 by Chad’s President H. E Idriss DebyItno and immediately deposited at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The ratification was promised by the Chad’s President when he met the President of the Court Hon Justice Augustino Ramadhani in N’djamena during a sensitization visit to the country on 16-17 December, 2015.

The President of Chad assumed the AU annual rotating Chairmanship last week in Addis Ababa from H.E President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

The other States which have ratified the Protocol are: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Comoros, Congo, Gabon and The Gambia. Others are: Ghana; Kenya, Libya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda, Arab Saharawi Republic , Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Tunisia.

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is a continental court established by the AU to enhance the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa.

In addition to the ratification of the Protocol, States have to make a Declaration required under Article 34(6) of the Protocol to allow individuals and NGOs to bring cases directly before the Court. Without such Declaration, the Court would have no jurisdiction over cases brought by individuals and NGOs. So far, only seven states have made the Declaration. These are: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivore, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The Court was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Protocol was adopted on 9 June 1998 in Burkina Faso and came into force on 25 January 2004. The Court officially started its operations in November 2006. The AU is made up of 54 Member States.

Source: African Court

 

PostHeaderIcon Cameroon becomes 29th AU Member State to ratify Protocol on the establishment of the African Court

Cameroon becomes 29th AU Member State to ratify Protocol on the establishment of the African Court

The Republic of Cameroon has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights bringing the number of African Union (AU) Member States to have ratified it to 29.

The instrument was deposited on 17 August 2015 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The other States which have already ratified are: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Comoros, Congo, Gabon and The Gambia.

Others are: Ghana; Kenya, Libya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda, Arab Saharawi Republic, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Tunisia.

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is a continental court established by AU to enhance the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa

Source: African Court 2015

 
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