African Rights Court gets record 90 applications
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.