African Court On Human and Peoples' Rights President and Vice President Re-Elected for Another Term


The President and the Vice President of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR), Hon Justice Sylvain Oré from Côte d'Ivoire and Hon Justice Ben Kioko from Kenya respectively, have been re-elected for the second and final term of two years to lead the Bureau. The closed-door elections were held yesterday at the start of the 50th Ordinary Session at the seat of the Court in Arusha, Tanzania.

The President thanked the Judges for the confidence demonstrated in their leadership and pledged renewed commitment to ensure that the Court's values and objectives are taken to even higher heights in the next two years.

"We appreciate the Judges acknowledgment of our service to the Court by re-electing us [and VP] overwhelmingly for another term of two years. We assure them of our full commitment to live to their expectations," said the President.

Judge Oré was elected for the first time as Judge of the Court in 2010 for a four-year term and he was re-elected in 2014 for a second term of six years.

Justice Ben Kioko was elected Judge of the Court in July 2012 for a six-year term. He was re-elected for another period of six years in July 2018.


1.The Court is composed of eleven Judges, nationals of Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity.

2. The Court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold Extra-Ordinary Sessions.

3. As at 1 July 2018, the Court had received 180 applications and has finalized 45.

Further information on the Court can be obtained from the Court's website at

For more comments:

Dr Robert Eno, Registrar

Tel: +255 2970430; 02970431; 02970432; 02970433; 02970434; 02970435

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