Justice Sacko Modibo elected Vice President
Arusha, 12 June 2023: Honourable Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud from Tanzania has been re-elected President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights for the second and final term of two years at the opening of the Pan-African Judicial Organ’s 69th Ordinary Session today.
At the same session, Honourable Justice Sacko Modibo from Mali was elected Vice President of the Court.
Expressing her gratitude, Justice Imani thanked her colleagues for the unanimous re-election and the confidence they have shown in her leadership. “I am overwhelmed by the confidence my colleagues have placed in me, and I am sincerely grateful to them,” she said.
The Court is set to deliver nine decisions tomorrow, starting at 10:00 (EA Time). The proceedings will be live-streamed at English: https://www.youtube.com/user/africancourt/live and French: https://www.youtube.com/@courafricaine/live
During the Session, the Judges will convene a three-day Retreat 14-16 June in Dodoma, Tanzania’s new capital, to enhance the Court’s effectiveness and improve the protection of human rights across the continent.
“The Retreat will facilitate better coordination and the development of improved working methods,” added Justice Aboud
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud is a national of Tanzania. She was elected as Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in July 2018. She holds Master of Laws (Malta) and Bachelor of Laws (University of Dar es Salaam).
She was re-elected for a second and final term of six years at the 34th African Union Heads of State and Government ordinary summit in February 2021.
2. Honourable Justice Sacko Modibo is a citizen of the Republic of Mali. He was elected judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in February 2021, for a six-year term. He holds a master’s degree in law from the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences (Mali) and four other university degrees in law obtained at the Ahmed Baba University (Mali), the Jean Moulin 3 University (France) and the Nice Sophia Antipolis University (France). He also holds a Phd in law. Two weeks ago, Justice Modibo was appointed Judge of Supreme Court of Mali.
3. The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is a continental court established by African countries to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. It complements and reinforces the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The Court was established by pursuant to Article 1 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) which was adopted by Member States of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in June 1998. The Protocol came into force on 25 January 2004. The Court officially started its operations in July 2006 in Addis Ababa and a year later moved to its permanent seat in Arusha, Tanzania.
4. The Court is composed of 11 Judges, nationals of Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity.
5. The Court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold an Extra-Ordinary Sessions.
Further information on the Court can be obtained from the Court’s website at www.african-court.org.
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