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Sensitisation Seminar on African Court - Abidjan 2013
AFRICAN COURT REGIONAL SENSITIZATION SEMINAR ON THE PROMOTION OF THE COURT FOR WEST AFRICA: ABIDJAN, REPUBLIC OF COTE D’IVOIRE
On Wednesday, 8 May 2013, at the IVOTEL Hotel in Abidjan, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights in collaboration with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire opened a regional sensitization seminar on the promotion of the Court in West Africa, with the theme: “The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights: your new partner to reinforce the protection of human rights in Africa.”
The seminar was carried out with the objectives among others, to reinforce the protection of human rights in Africa through sensitizing the public on the activities of the Court, encouraging countries that have not yet done so, to ratify the protocol establishing the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights and/or to make the declaration provided for in Article 34 (6) of the Protocol establishing the Court, allowing individuals and NGOs direct access to the Court after exhaustion of local remedies; to encourage the public to use the Court to settle human rights disputes; and encourage States to seek the Court’s advisory opinion on important human rights issues.
African Court sessions for 2013
04 - 15 March 2013, Arusha, Tanzania.
Bring Two Campaign
The Coalition has launched a campaign called ‘’Bring Two’’ Campaign. The ‘’Bring Two’’ Campaign is a five-year campaign aiming to increase the membership of the Coalition. Coalition members are encouraged to recruit at least two new members every year to join the Coalition. The Campaign will allow raising awareness on the Court, raising funds for the Coalition and increasing the visibility of the Coalition’s work.
Democratic Party Petitions the East Africa Court of Justice
The Democratic Party a Ugandan political party has petitioned the East African Court of Justice (EACJ). It is a matter against the Attorney Generals of Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and the Secretary General to the Community that seeks to enforce the Depositing of a Declaration giving a direct access to Court by individuals and NGOs with observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to petition the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, as provided by Article 34 (6) of the Protocol to the Charter Establishing that Court. (Case Ref No. 2 of 2012).
The petitioner essentially argues that the acts of the respondents of failure or refusal and or delay to make respect declarations to accept competence of the African Court is an infringement of Articles 5, 6, 7(2), 8(1)C, 126 and 130 of the Treaty Establishing the East African Community and Articles 1,2,7,13,26,62,63,65 and 66 of the African Charter.
The first scheduling conference between both parties was held on 1st February 2013 at the EACJ in Arusha, Tanzania.
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