African Rights Court gets record 90 ap­pli­ca­tions

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The African Court on Hu­man and Peo­ples’ Rights (AfCHPR) which started here on May 16, this year, will re­view 50 ap­pli­ca­tions. The Court ses­sion will stretch to June 3, and will also de­lib­er­ate on four Ad­vi­sory Opin­ions. In Novem­ber 2014, the Court had just barely slightly over 20 cases, to­date it has reached record 90 cases.

The Court, es­tab­lished in 2006, marks its 10th an­niver­sary this year. It has is­sued five judge­ments and fi­nal­ized 23 ap­pli­ca­tions.

The Court has been rat­i­fied by 30 coun­tries and eight have made the dec­la­ra­tion to al­low NGOs and in­di­vid­u­als to bring cases to the court di­rectly, ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent of the Court, Jus­tice Au­gustino Ra­mad­hani, former Chief Jus­tice of Tan­za­nia.

African coun­tries are push­ing to ex­tend the man­date of the Court to in­clude crim­i­nal mat­ters and to re­name it as the African Court of Jus­tice and Hu­man Rights un­der the Mal­abo Pro­to­col, which how­ever, has only been signed by nine coun­tries and rat­i­fied by none of 54 AU mem­ber states. The Pro­to­col can only be en­forced if it is rat­i­fied by at least 15 mem­ber states.

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