20 May 2019
by KEHINDE OSASONA
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) is set to undertake a sensitization visit to the Republic of Djibouti sometimes this month.
In a press release from Tanzania which was signed by its president, Hon.Justice Sylvian Ore, during the visit cum training, there would also be discussions with various stakeholders with a view to promoting the court.
The body will also pay courtesy calls on the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice and Speaker of parliament among others.
The statement partly reads: “The sensitization visit will help to raise awareness of the court’s existence and encourage more AU member states to ratify the protocol and also make the Declaration to allow individuals and Non-Governmental organizations to have direct access to the court.
“For the Court to discharge its mandate 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 statement added.
Djibouti, it would be recalled, signed the protocol establishing the court on 15 November but is yet to ratify and make a declaration.
The court is composed of 11 judges, nationals of member states of the African Union elected in their individual capacity.
The ordinary session of the court usually takes place four times in a year, while an Extra-ordinary session can also hold.