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altMALI’S MINISTER EXTOLS THE VALUE OF ECOWAS COURT TO HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION IN THE REGION

Mali’s Minister of Justice, Mr.Hamidou Younoussa Maiga has advocated the establishment of a permanent mechanism for dialogue between the national courts of ECOWAS Member States and the Community Court of Justice to strengthen synergy in the protection of human rights in the region and resolve the recurring challenge of the enforcement of the decisions of the regional court.

Article 24 (3) of the 2005 Supplementary Protocol on the Court imposes on Member States the obligation to enforce decisions of the court through designated national focal points and in accordance with their rules of civil procedure while the initial Protocol on the Court provides that its decisions shall be final and immediately enforceable.

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alt WEST AFRICA’S QUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ONLY FEASIBLE WITH PEACE AND SECURITY

West Africa’s quest to promote respect for human rights and the rule of law can only be successful in an atmosphere devoid of insecurity and political crises, Mali’s Minister of Human Rights, Madam Kadidia Sangare Coulibaly said on Saturday, 22nd April 2018 in Bamako.


It is therefore compelling ‘to win the war’ against the crises in some part of the region in order to pave way for  the emergence of a political environment conducive to the demands of human rights and the rule of law, the minister said while closing the four day international conference of the Community Court of Justice.

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alt CHIEF REGISTRAR CALLS FOR THE REVIEW OF THE ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM FOR DECISIONS OF ECOWAS COURT


The Chief Registrar of the ECOWAS Court, Mr. Tony Anene-Maidoh has proposed the review of the enforcement mechanism for the decisions of the court in order to address the ‘unsatisfactory compliance rate’ by Member States which has affected its effectiveness as a resort by citizens for the defence of their human rights.

Delivering a paper on Friday, 20th April 2018 at the ongoing international conference of the court in Mali, the Chief Registrar said that records of the court showed that only 22 of the 64 enforceable decisions of the court has been enforced by Member States since the adoption of the Supplementary Protocol which imposes under Article 24(3) the obligation of enforcement on Member States in accordance with their rules of civil procedure.

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alt 2018 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ECOWAS COURT OPENS IN MALI

Mali’s Prime Minister, Mr Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga says new security challenges such as the upsurge in terrorism and the proliferation of arms have created problems for the enforcement of the human rights of citizens and characterized the ECOWAS Court as a ‘unique organization’ in the effort to  protect the human rights of victims.


Opening the 2018 International Conference of the ECOWAS Court in Bamako on Wednesday, 18th April 2018, the Prime Minister said that by ensuring the protection of the human rights of community citizens, the court has contributed to ‘peace building and integration’ as there can’t be sustainable development without respect for the rule of law.

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