African Court Organises Third Training for Counsels to Represent Indigent Applicants

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Over 50 lawyers registered with the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR) to represent indigent Applicants will undergo a three-day training 5 -7 August 2019 at the Seat of the Court in Arusha, Tanzania. This is the third training conducted by the Court. The first was held in August 2017 where over 40 lawyers attended the training.

The President of the AfCHPR, Hon. Justice Sylvain Oré, said the training is aimed at equipping the lawyers with the Court's judicial aspects and also update them on the legal aid scheme.

Currently over 100 African lawyers have registered with the Court to represent indigent Applicants.


The AfCHPR was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.

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 20 July 2019, the Court had received 220 applications of which 62 have been finalised.

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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