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SUSPENSION OF TIME LIMITS DUE TO THE MEASURES TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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Arusha, 18 May 2020: Member States of the African Union have been affected by the disease COVID-19, classified by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic;


THE AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS
WHEREAS:

Member States of the African Union have been affected by the disease COVID-19, classified by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic;

The African Union and its Member States have taken a variety of measures against the COVID-19 pandemic and it is imperative for the Court to collaborate in these efforts to combat the pandemic;

The Court deliberated on the matter during its virtual meeting held on 14 May 2020 and in cognisance of the fact that the measures taken by Member States of the African Union may affect the procedural activity before the Court;

DECIDES:

To suspend the computation of all the time limits that are currently in progress before this Court from 1 May to 31 July 2020 inclusive. This includes all pending cases at the merits and reparations stage(s), reporting on implementation of judgments and advisory opinions. For the avoidance of doubt, the suspension of time limits does not apply to Provisional Measures.
To give notice of the Court’s decision to all Parties through this press release and through each case in process.
That, on 31 July 2020, it shall decide on the necessity of continuing with this measure.

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