DAR-ES-SALAAM, Thirty African countries, including Tanzania, have have ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), according to the Mid-Term Activity Report of the Court released here.
The report names the countries as Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Comoros, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Senegal, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia.
The report indicates, however, that of the 30 State Parties to the Protocol, only eight countries have made the declaration accepting the jurisdiction of the Court to receive cases from individuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from their countries.
These are Tanzania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, and Tunisia.
The report describes the activities undertaken by the Court in the first ha;f of this year, in particular, the judicial, administrative and outreach activities. It also covers the implementation of decisions of the Executive Council relating to the functioning of the Court. During the period under review, the Court undertook a number of judicial as well as non-judicial activities.
The judicial activities relate to the receipt and examination of judicial matters, through case management, organization of public hearings and delivery of judgments, rulings and orders. During the six months, the Court was seized with 16 new cases. The number of applications registered by the Court since its establishment now stands at 155, while the number of requests for advisory opinion are 13.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK