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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 06:16

 COURT PRESIDENT URGES REGION’S PARLIAMENTARIANS TO PROPOSE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS MILITATING AGAINST REGIONAL INTEGRATION


The President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Justice Jerome Traore has challenged members of the region’s parliament to ‘deeply consider and propose’ ways in which the Community can resolve the political crises as well as the problems of  finance and  terrorism currently facing the region and impeding its march towards economic integration.


In a goodwill message to the opening of the second parliamentary session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Thursday, 22nd September 2016 in Abuja, the president said their removal will ‘enable the masses of our people live in a secure economic space in peace and harmony and enhance the efficient functioning of Community Institutions particularly in terms of governance.’

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 06:12

 COURT JUDGE SAYS IMPLEMENTATION OF EXISTING LAWS ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION WILL ENHANCE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS

 

A judge of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS has canvassed the ‘proper implementation’ of existing laws that guarantee access to information in some ECOWAS Member States in order to enhance transparency in governance, promote citizen participation, deter corruption and improve accountability of public officials.

Only eight of the 15 Member States of ECOWAS- Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo, have freedom of access to information laws.

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 SEVEN NEW CASES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS FILED DURING THE VACATION OF ECOWAS COURT


Seven new cases were filed by Community citizens in four Member States during the three month annual vacation of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS between July 15th and 15th September2016, according to records at the registry of the Court.


Nigeria with four, topped the list of the cases while the others came from The Gambia, Guinea and Mali mainly for the alleged violation of the human rights of the plaintiffs, particularly the right to life, freedom of expression and violation of social/cultural, political rights and/or economic deprivation.

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 COURT PRESIDENT CALLS FOR A CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT PROMOTES EFFICIENCY AND SPEEDY DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE


A committee is to be set up by the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS to develop proposals for improving the management of cases brought before the Court in order to ensure the emergence of a system that promotes efficiency and the speedy dispensation of justice, the President of the Court, Honorable Justice Jerome Traore said on Friday, 24th June 2016.


Justice Traore said while opening the 8th Judicial Retreat of the Court that the committee will propose a document to guide the Court in managing its cases and clarify the roles of the different structures involved in the management of cases within the Court.

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