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PostHeaderIcon 29th Ordinary Session of African Court opens in Arusha

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights opened its 29th Ordinary Session at its Seat, at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Conservation Centre, Arusha, Tanzania. The session will take place from 3 to 21 June 2013.

In her welcome note, the President of the Court, Hon. Lady Justice Sophia Akuffo, drew attention of the Judges to the judicial mandate of the Court and the judgments to be delivered during this session. She specifically drew the attention of Honorable Judges to the rulings and judgments they have to deliver in the following cases:
i. Application 013/2011: Beneficiaries of the late Norbert Zongo - Abdoulaye Nikiema, Ernest Zongo, Blaise Ilboudo and Mouvement Burkinabé des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples (MBDHP) v. Republic of Burkina Faso;
ii. Application 003/2011: Urban Mkandawire v. The Republic of Malawi; and
iii. Application 009/2011 and 011/2011: Tanganyika Law Society and the Legal and Human Rights Centre & Reverend Christopher Mtikila v.The United Republic of Tanzania

For further details of the Session, please visit the African Court website;http://www.african-court.org/en/


PostHeaderIcon Sensitisation Seminar on African Court - Abidjan 2013


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.


PostHeaderIcon African Court sessions for 2013

04 - 15 March 2013, Arusha, Tanzania.
03 - 21 June 2013, Arusha, Tanzania.
16 - 27 September 2013, Arusha, Tanzania.
30 September - 04 October 2013, Arusha, Tanzania (Extra-ordinary session).
25 November – 06 December 2013, Windhoek, Namibia.


PostHeaderIcon 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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