21 May 2016

East Africa: Caseload Almost Doubles At African Rights Court

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR) has started examing over 50 applications

According to a press release by the Court, the session on May 16 will stretch to 3 June and will also deliberate on four Advisory Opinions.

The Court, which in November 2014 had just barely slightly over 20 cases, to date it has reached record 90 cases, the press release added.

Observers say that the caseload at the African Right's Court is expected to double by end of next year.

The Court, established in 2006, this year marks its 10th Anniversary. It has issued five judgements and finalized 23 applications.

The Court has been ratified by 30 countries and eight countries have made the declaration to allow NGOs and individuals to bring the cases to the court directly, according to the President of the Court, Justice Augustino Ramadhani, former Chief Justice of Tanzania.

African countries are pushing to extend the mandate of the Court to include criminal matters and to rename it as the African Court of Justice and Human Rights under the Malabo Protocol, which however, has only been signed by nine countries and ratified by none of 54 AU member states.

The Protocol can only be enforced if it is ratified by at least 15 countries.

East African News Agency

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