ACCRA, The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has fixed May 8 to 24 for the holding of its 45th Ordinary Session to examine about 80 applications and four requests for advisory opinion, at Arusha in Tanzania, says its President, Justice Sylvain Ore.
He said in a statement received here Thursday that as at April 25, 2017, the court had received 138 applications and finalised 32 cases.
The court, which is composed of 11 judges, all nationals of member States of the African Union (AU), elected in their individual capacity, was established by African countries 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.
Justice Ore affirmed the Court’s jurisdiction to deal with all cases and all disputes submitted to it concerning interpretation and application of the African Charter. The jurisdiction covers the Protocol and any other relevant human rights instrument ratified by the States concerned and also has the power to render an advisory opinion on any legal matter relating to the Charter or any other relevant human rights instruments, provided that the subject of the opinion is not related to a matter being examined by the Commission.
Justice Ore said in accordance to the Protocol (Article 5) and the Rules (Rule 33), the African Court may receive complaints and/or applications submitted to it either by the ACHPR or State parties to the Protocol or African Inter-Governmental Organizations.
African Court is neither a Court for the States nor a Court of the Judges, but rather a Court for all African citizens desirous to see an Africa which adopts zero tolerance to human rights violations. It is under this one condition that the African Court would have any sense and be able to make its mark in our common struggle to build a more worthy, more humane and more prosperous Africa, Justice Ore said.
He added that for the African Court to grow in legitimacy and authority, it has to have the means to accomplish its mission, means both human and material.
He noted that the continental legal body also seeks to promote amicable settlement in cases pending before it in accordance with the provisions of the Charter; and to interpret a judgment it had rendered. The African Court also has jurisdiction to review its own judgment in the light of new evidence in conformity with its rules.
The Court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold Extraordinary Sessions.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK