African Court judges to visit Comoros, Zimbabwe

Peter Bahago, Abuja


The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, AfCHPR says it will undertake sensitisation visits to the Union of Comoros with effect from7-8 August 2019 and the Republic of Zimbabwe, 14-15 August 2019 with a view to promoting the Pan African Judicial Organ.

President of the Court, Justice Sylvain Oré in a statement said that the visits are expected  to raise awareness of the Court’s existence and encourage African States to ratify the Protocol establishing the Court and make the Declaration to allow individuals and others to access the Court directly.

’’The Comoros ratified the Protocol on 23 December 2013 but is yet to make the Declaration, whereas Zimbabwe is yet to ratify the Protocol and make the Declaration” he said.

During the Mission, the delegation of the Court led by its President Justice Oré will include Justice Ben Achour and senior Registry Officials.

The delegation will also pay courtesy calls on the President, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice and the Speaker of Parliament of the countries.

According to the President of the Court; “for the Court to discharge its mandate effectively and further strengthen the African human rights system, a greater number of countries must ratify the Protocol and make the Declaration under  Article 34(6)’’.

The African Court on Human and Peoples Right, AfCHPR was established by Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter  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.