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Ratification Status of the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights established by the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Court of Justice of the African Union established by the Constitutive Act of the African Union, were merged into a single Court and established as "The African Court of Justice and Human Rights" by the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.

The Protocol was adopted at the AU Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on 1 July 2008.

The Protocol and the Statute annexed to it shall enter into force thirty (30) days after the deposit of the instruments of ratification by fifteen (15) Member States. Only five (5) States, namely Libya, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin and Congo has ratified the protocol by February 2014.

List of countries which have signed, ratified/acceded to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights:

No COUNTRY SIGNATURE RATIFICATION DEPOSITED
1

Algeria

31/01/2009

- -
2

Angola

27/01/2012 - -
3

Benin

14/01/2009

28/06/2012 -
4

Botswana

- - -
5

Burkina Faso

21/01/2009

23/06/2010

04/08/2010

6

Burundi

- - -
7

Cameroon

- - -
8

Central African Rep.

- - -
9

Cape Verde

- - -
10

Chad

22/01/2009

- -
11

Côte d’Ivoire

11/06/2009

- -
12

Comoros

- - -
13

Congo

28/06/2009

14/12/2011 06/08/2012
14

Djibouti

- - -
15

Democratic Rep. of Congo

02/02/2010

- -
16

Egypt

- - -
17

Equatorial Guinea

- - -
18

Eritrea

- - -
19

Ethiopia

- - -
20

Gabon

19/12/2008

- -
21

Gambia

02/02/2009

- -
22

Ghana

28/06/2009

- -
23

Guinea-Bissau

27/01/2012 - -
24

Guinea

26/11/2008

- -
25

Kenya

- - -
26

Libya

14/05/2009

06/05/2009

17/06/2009

27

Lesotho

14/06/2011 - -
28

Liberia

31/05/2011 - -
29

Madagascar

31/01/2014 - -
30

Mali

24/12/2008

13/08/2009

27/08/2009

31

Malawi

- - -
32

Mozambique

08/11/2011 - -
33

Mauritania

- - -
34

Mauritius

- - -
35

Namibia

- - -
36

Nigeria

22/12/2008

- -
37

Niger

28/01/2009

- -
38

Rwanda

- - -
39

South Africa

- - -
40

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

25/07/2010

- -
41

Senegal

15/12/2008

- -
42

Seychelles

- - -
43

Sierra Leone

14/01/2009

- -
44

Somalia

- - -
45

Sao Tome & Principe

01/02/2010

- -
46

Sudan

- - -
47

South Sudan

24/01/2013 - -
48

Swaziland

- - -
49

Tanzania

05/01/2009

- -
50

Togo

12/02/2009

- -
51

Tunisia

15/07/2012 - -
52

Uganda

- - -
53

Zambia

31/01/2010

- -
54

Zimbabwe

- - -

# of Countries = 54 | # of Signature = 30 | # of Ratification = 5 | # of Deposit = 5

Source: African Union - 03/02/2014

 

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African Court Coalition Advocacy Mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-23 May 2013

The African Court Coalition carried a successful advocacy mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia prior and during the 21st African Union Summit, from 13 to 23 May. The main objectives of the Mission was to impress on African Union state members the importance of an effective African Court, the importance of making the declaration under Article 34 (6) in terms of access to justice and making the African Court effective, encouraging more states to ratify the Protocol establishing the African Court and also create awareness about the work of the African Court.

The Coalition delegation comprised of Mr. Amadou Kane, Deputy Chair of the Coalition; Mr. Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, Executive Secretary of the Coalition; Mr Ibrahim Basem Mahfouz Abdo, Northern Africa Focal point; and Ms Adaobi Egboka, West Africa Focal Point. The delegation was able to meet with different African States Embassies in Addis Ababa including;
• Embassy of Mozambique
• Embassy of Togo
• Embassy of Senegal
• Embassy of Tunisia
• Embassy of Zimbabwe
• Embassy of Zambia
• Embassy of Botswana
• Embassy of Gabon
• Embassy of South Sudan
• Embassy of Benin
• Embassy of Djibouti
• Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo
• Embassy of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and
• Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire

The delegate also met with various representatives of the African Union such as representatives from;
• The Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees and Displaced person Division (HARDP)
• The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC-AU)
• The Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) and
• Women, Gender and Development Directorate

In realization of access to the African Court and the effectiveness of the same Court, the Coalition will continue to carry out its advocacy missions for ratification and declaration of the Protocol Establishing the African Court.

Coalition delegation with South Sudan Ambassador

 

Coalition delegation with Togo Ambassador

 

PostHeaderIcon African Court Coalition Advocacy mission prior and during the 21st AU Summit in Addis Ababa

The African Court Coalition will undertake an advocacy mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, prior and during the 21st AU Summit, from 13 to 23 May 2013.

During the mission, the African Court Coalition will meet with State Representatives with the aim to advocate for the ratification 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) and/or the Declaration under Article 34(6) of the some Protocol allowing direct access to Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) by individuals and NGOs with observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 

PostHeaderIcon Dlamini-Zuma handover speech

Full text of the Speech made by the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, at the handover ceremony on 15 October 2012 when she was taking over from Dr. Jean Ping.

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PostHeaderIcon 19th AU Summit to focus on Intra-African trade

The 19th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) is scheduled to take place from 9 to 16 July 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Holding under the theme: “Boosting Intra-African Trade”, the 19th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union will officially kick off on Monday 9 July 2012, with the 24th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC). The PRC will discuss items on the agenda in preparation of the upcoming AU Summit, to be submitted to the Executive Council for adoption.

According to the PRC agenda for the 19th AU Summit, the Ambassadors will, for two days (9 and 10 July 2012) exchange views on specific reports including the reports of the Advisory Sub-committee on administrative, budgetary and financial matters; sub-committee on programmes and conferences; sub-committee on structures; multilateral cooperation; economic and trade matters; the report on the NEPAD as well as that of the refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa. They will consider the working documents and draft decisions in preparation for the 21st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council.

On the other hand, the 21st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council will be held from 12 to 13 July 2012 at the headquarters of the AU in Addis Ababa. The Ministers of External Affairs and other ministers or authorities designated by the governments of AU Member States will deliberate on the different reports of the ministerial meetings organised by the AU Commission during the last six months. They will consider the activity report of the Commission; the recommendations of the PRC on the implementation of previous Decisions of the Executive Council and the Assembly; and the report of the ministerial committee on candidatures.

The Executive Council will further look into reports of some AU Organs including the Pan-African Parliament (PAP); the African Committee of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the Union (ECOSOCC); the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption; and the African Union Commission on International Law (AUCIL) before embarking on the consideration of items proposed by Member States. One of the high moments during the Executive Council meeting will be the election of Commissioners of the African Union and the election of three judges of the African Court of Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) as well as the appointment of one judge of the AU Ad-Hoc Administrative Tribunal.

The 19th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union is scheduled to take place on 15 and 16 July 2012.

 
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