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African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights : Sensitizes Djiboutian journalists

20/05/2019
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The African Court of Human and Peoples Rights organized Monday, May 20, at the Hotel Le Laurier, a training workshop on its mandate, structures and skills. The meeting was attended by the Secretary General of the National Human Rights Commission, Djibril Osman Houffaneh, and a panel of local media reporters. A delegation, composed of several judges and lawyers as well as the staff of the General Secretariat of the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights, is paying an official visit to Djibouti from 21 to 24 May 2019. Objective of the trip: to lead raising awareness and promoting the role of the court to governments and stakeholders in African states. (Source ADI)

Very formally, it is a question of "sensitizing the public on the existence of the Court and encouraging the Member States of the African Union to ratify the Protocol and to deposit the Declaration by which they allow individuals and non-governmental organizations ( NGOs) to have direct access to the Court ", in the words of the President of the Court, the Honorable Justice Sylvain Oré.

The Chief Justice of the Pan-African Court emphasizes that "The Court can not fulfill its mandate and effectively strengthen the African rights system unless a significant number of Member States ratify the Protocol and make the declaration provided for in Article 34 (6 "). As a reminder, the Republic of Djibouti signed the Protocol establishing the Court on 15 November 2005 but has not yet ratified it and has not made the decisive declaration either.

Also, the visit of the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights, is intended to sensitize the public on its existence, to encourage the ratification of the Protocol and the filing of the Declaration by which States allow individuals and NGOs to have direct access to the Court. In addition, the delegation aims to sensitize potential applicants on the procedures for accessing and appearing before the Court, encouraging the public to resort to the Court for the settlement of human rights disputes and seeking advisory opinions.

Yesterday's workshop allowed journalists to learn about the genesis of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights which was established under Article 1 of the Protocol on the African Charter of Human Rights. the people and peoples creating an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights to complement the protection mandate of the African Human Commission on the continent.

Since the adoption of the Protocol in June 1998, thirty (30) of the fifty-five (55) AU Member States have ratified it and only nine (9) States Parties to the Protocol have made the declaration provided for in Article 34 (6): Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, Gambia, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Malawi, Tanzania and Tunisia.

 The Court is composed of 11 judges, nationals of African Union member states elected individually. The court meets four times a year in ordinary sessions and can hold special sessions.

At the end of the presentations and presentations by the members of the delegation, the journalists were able to have the necessary explanations on more technical aspects of the court's mandate, its modes and operating procedures, etc. It was with a satisfied curiosity that the participants were able to continue their discussions with the judges and lawyers of the delegation.

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