Accra, Aug. 2, GNA – The African Court on
Human and Peoples’ Rights will undertake sensitisation visits to the Union of
Comoros from August 7-8 and the Republic of Zimbabwe, August 14-15 to promote
the Pan African Judicial Organ.
“These visits will help to raise awareness
of the African Court’s existence and encourage African States to ratify the
Protocol establishing the Continental Court and make the Declaration to allow
individuals and others to access the Court directly.
“The Comoros ratified the Protocol on
December 23, 2013 but is yet to make the Declaration, whereas Zimbabwe is yet
to ratify the Protocol and make the Declaration,” Justice Sylvian Ore, African
Court President, told the Ghana News Agency in a telephone interview.
He said during the Mission, the delegation
of the African Court would pay courtesy calls on key officials, including the
President, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice and the Speaker of
Parliament, among others.
“For the African Court to discharge its
mandate effectively 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),” Justice Ore stated.
The African Court 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.
Since the adoption of the Protocol; 30 out
of the 55 AU Member States have ratified it and only nine State Parties to the
Protocol have made the declaration under Article 34(6).
These are Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, The
Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Malawi, Tanzania and Tunisia.
As at July 2019, the African Court had
received 220 applications of which 62 have been finalised.