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07.05.2019 Africa

African Court Holds Judicial Dialogue

By CDA Consult
African Court Holds Judicial Dialogue
MAY 7, 2019 AFRICA

Accra, May 6, CDA Consult – A two-day national Judicial Dialogue on the work of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is set to be held on 8 and 9 May in Dodoma. The event will be attended by 40 participants from key ministries and stakeholders.

The objective of the Dialogue is to enhance awareness about the Court among the key stakeholders involved in the dispensation of justice.

“This will focus on its procedures and the roles and responsibilities of the key stakeholders in the promotion and protection of human rights,” said African Court President Justice Sylvain Oré.

The Dialogue, he added, is also in fulfillment of one of the African Court’s goals as set out in its Strategic Plan of 2016-2020 to enhance outreach and cooperation with various sub-regional and national judicial bodies, with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.

According to the African Court president, the Dialogue, among others, will help Tanzania to expeditiously dispose of its cases before the continental court.

The Dialogue has been organised jointly by the African Court and the Office of the Solicitor-General in Tanzania.

The African 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 AfricanContinental Court, to complement the protective mandate of the Commission with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.

Since the adoption of the Protocol in June 1998, 30 of 55 AU Member States have ratified it and only nine State Parties to the Protocol have made the declaration under Article 34(6).

The African Court is composed of eleven Judges, nationals of the Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity.

The African Court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold an Extra-Ordinary Sessions.

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