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 COMMUNITY COURT RULES AMENDMENTS TO BURKINA FASO’S ELECTORAL CODE A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS on Monday, 13th July 2015 ruled that Burkina Faso's Amended Electoral Code of 7th April 2015 which barred some political parties and individuals from participating in the country's political process is a 'violation of the right to freely participate in elections.'

The Amendment was promulgated by the government following the departure of the erstwhile President Blaise Compaore in the wake of the violent protests of 30th and 31st October 2014 in the country.

The plaintiffs in suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/1915 had argued that they were deemed to be supporters of the departed President and targeted for exclusion through the amendment.


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 COMMUNITY COURT RECORDS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN CASES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION


Fifty-two cases, mostly for human rights violations, were filed with the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice within the last 18 months (January 2014 - June 2015), the Chief Registrar of the Court, Mr Tony Anene-Maidoh said on Thursday, 9th July 2015.


"It is evidence of the burgeoning consciousness and confidence of the citizens of the region in the Court as the last bastion for the defence of their human rights," the chief registrar said in a presentation on the first day of the 8th budget and administrative retreat of the Court in Owerri in Nigeria's Imo State.

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 COURT PRESIDENT CONDEMNS PHENOMENON OF STREET CHILDREN IN THE REGION

The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Honourable Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro has condemned the phenomenon of street children in the region as an ‘unequivocal violation of the rights of children’ and attributed its ‘exponential increase’ on the inefficiency of the ‘competent institutions’ charged with addressing the structural causes in order to minimise the suffering of the affected children.


‘I must assert that the ECOWAS Court of Justice which holds the jurisdiction of Human Rights, will not fail to be sensitive to this phenomenon and seeks ways to address this trend in the spirit of Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Right of the Child, ‘the President said at the launching in Dakar on Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 of a regional project towards the elimination of the syndrome in the region.


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