THE African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) has embarked on a sensitisation drive in Praia, Cape Verde, to interact with different stakeholders.
Also, it aims at encouraging the African Union (AU) member states to ratify the protocol that establishes Af- CHPR and deposit the declaration under Article 34(6) that allows direct access to the Court by NGOs and individuals.
“So far, 30 out of 55 AU member states have ratified the protocol and only eight of them have signed and deposited the declaration that recognises the competence of the Court to receive cases from NGOs and individuals,” said Dr Eno.
The eight states are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania and Tunisia. During the three-day mission, the court delegation, composed of three judges and registry staff, will hold a stakeholders’ seminar.
The registrar said the delegation will also pay courtesy calls on the president, the prime minister and the minister of foreign affairs, among others. The President of the Af- CHPR, Justice Sylvain Oré, said that this is the fourth sensitisation visit by the court this year and similar efforts will continue next year.
“For the court to achieve its objectives 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),’’ he said. The prior sensitisations this year were conducted in the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Tunisia, both in April, and the Republic of Guinea Bissau in August.
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 the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights with a view of enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.
The success of the court as a human rights protection mechanism requires wider ratification of the Protocol by member states, as well as their acceptance of the competence of the court by making the declaration under Article 34(6).