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Mauritius Hosts 27th Ordinary Session of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Date: November 27, 2012
Domain:Judiciary
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS - Nov 27, 2012: The 27th Ordinary Session of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is being held at La Plantation Hotel at Balaclava from 26 November 2012 to 7 December 2012.  During this session, the Court will have a public hearing in the matter Urban Mkandawire v. the Republic of Malawi. The case concerns alleged violation of Articles 7 and 15 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights by the Republic of Malawi.

The Court is also expected to finalise the judgment in the matter of The Tanganyika Law Society and The Legal and Human Rights Centre and Reverend Christopher Mtikila v. The United Republic of Tanzania. The case concerns alleged violation by the United Republic of Tanzania of Articles 2 and 13of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

During her stay in Mauritius, the president of the Court, Justice Sophia A-B Akuffo, accompanied by other members of the Court and some staff members of the Registry, will pay courtesy calls on the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chief Justice and the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission.

Prior to the Court Session, the African Court,  in collaboration with the Government of Mauritius and the Mauritian Bar Association, organised on 26 November 2012 at La Plantation Hotel, a half-day sensitisation seminar for civil society organisations and other stakeholders involved in the field of human rights in Mauritius. Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo made a general presentation of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The main objective of the seminar is to raise awareness about the Court, its functions and procedures. The seminar, which is part of the activities of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Court, seeks to sensitise the public on how to utilise the Court in settling human rights disputes, after exhausting domestic remedies, and sensitise would-be litigants on how to access the Court. Similar seminars are scheduled to take place in several other countries on the continent.

Mauritius is the 13th country to be visited by the Court within the framework of its promotional activities. Port-Louis is the third city, after Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Accra (Ghana) to host a Session of the Court outside its seat, Arusha. 

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is a continental Court established 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 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, (the Protocol) which was adopted by Member States of the then Organisation of African Unity in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in June 1998. The Protocol came into force on 25 January 2004 after it was ratified by more than 15 countries. To date, 26 States have ratified the Protocol including Mauritius.

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