History is being made again today, the 9th day of July, 2018 as over thirty lawyers registered with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) to represent indigent Applicants will undergo a three-day training from 9 to 11 July 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania, the seat of the Court.

This is the second training conducted by the Court. The first was held in August last year where over 40 lawyers attended the training.
The overall objective of the training is to enhance the African Human Rights System as a whole by promoting knowledge of the judicial procedures of the Court among relevant stakeholders. The specific objective is to educate and train Counsel who have been accepted by the Court to represent Applicants under the legal aid scheme of the Court.
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Court or the Court) was established through the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Protocol or the Court Protocol). The Protocol was adopted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 9 June 1998 and entered into force on 25 January 2004. By virtue of Article 2 of the Protocol, the Court’s mandate is to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission). The Court is composed of 11 judges elected after nomination by their respective States in their individual capacity, from among the African jurists of proven integrity and of recognized practical, judicial or academic competence and experience in the field of human rights. The Court became operational in November 2006 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and in August 2007, it moved its seat in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania.

Anthony Ezenwoko
(Posting from Arusha)

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