Arusha, 27 May 2021: The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) will begin its 61st Ordinary Session on Monday, 31 May 2021, at its Seat in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania.
The Session will begin with the swearing-in of two Judges elected during the 34th African Union Heads of State and Government Ordinary Summit in February 2021. They are: Hon Justice Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza SC from the Republic of South Africa and Hon Justice Sacko Modibo from the Republic of Mali.
At the same Summit, Hon Justice Rafaâ Ben Achour from the Republic of Tunisia and Hon Lady-Justice Imani Daud Aboud from the United Republic of Tanzania were re-elected for a second and final term.
During the session, the Court will also elect new Bureau – President and Vice President – for the next two years.
The Judges, among others, will examine a number of applications during the four-week session that will end on 25 June, 2021.
The Session will also formally launch its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan on 1 June 2021.
As part of the Court’s 15th Anniversary, the Court has organised a virtual Judicial Retreat of Judges from 2-4 June 2021.
The swearing-in ceremony will be live streamed via link: https://www.youtube.com/user/africancourt/live
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
1. The newly elected Justices are replacing Hon Justice Oré from of Côte d’Ivoire (2010-2021) and Hon Justice Justice Ângelo Vasco Matusse from the Republic of Mozambique (2014-2021).
Justice Ntsebeza practices as an advocate and holds Chambers in Sandton, Johannesburg, as a Group Leader of the Sandton Chapter of the Pan African Bar Association of South Africa [PABASA]. Ntsebeza is a qualified and an accredited Arbitrator and Commercial Mediator, among others.
Justice Modibo is an Expert in the Prosecution and Repression of Human Rights Violations.
He is also Expert in International Human Rights Law, among others.
2. The Court is composed of eleven Judges, nationals of Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity.
3. The Court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold 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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