Arusha, 12 August 2022: The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights will undertake a three-day sensitisation mission to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 15 to 17 August 2022.
The mission will be led by the President of the Court Hon Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud and includes Judge Hon Lady Justice Chafika Bensoula and some Registry staff.
‘’The mission is to encourage Mauritania to deposit the Declaration to allow individuals to access the Court directly’’, stressed President Aboud.
She added that the success of the Court as a human rights protection mechanism requires a wider ratification of the Protocol by Member States, as well as their acceptance of the competence of the Court, by making the declaration under Article 34(6).
This “universal” ratification will give the Court the legitimacy it needs to effectively discharge its mandate, she said.
Mauritania acceded to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 14 December 2005 but is yet to deposit the Declaration under Article 34(6).
The States that have deposited the Declaration so far are Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mali, Niger and Tunisia.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established by virtue of 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, to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.
2. The main objective of the sensitisation visits is to enhance the protection of human rights in Africa. Specific objectives include raising awareness about the Court; encouraging the ratification of the Protocol and deposit of the Declaration that allows individuals and NGOs direct access to the Court; sensitising would-be applicants on how to access the Court and the procedures before the Court; encouraging the public to utilise the Court in settling human rights disputes and encouraging the utilisation of the Court for advisory opinions.
3. The Court is composed of 11 Judges, nationals of Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity.
4. 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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