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 ECOWAS COURT SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS TOWARDS PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA


alt The ECOWAS Court of Justice and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights have agreed  on a framework for cooperation that will deepen their contribution to the protection of human rights in Africa and the consolidation of democracy relying on the instrumentality of their mandates.


Under a the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Thursday, 1st March 2018 in Arusha, both courts agreed to jointly undertake a number of initiatives that will enable them contribute towards improving human rights in the continent through capacity building programme for their staff and reciprocal representation. They also agreed to share information and knowledge as well as research within the framework of their constitutive instruments.

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alt  PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN COURT LAUDS ECOWAS COURT FOR ROLE IN DEEPENING RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA

The President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has characterized the ECOWAS Court as the ‘new destination for judicial human rights protection in Africa,’ after just a decade of supervising new judicial mechanisms  for Human Rights protection in West Africa that are rooted in the strategic documents of the 15-Member ECOWAS.


Welcoming a delegation of the ECOWAS Court on a working visit to the Court in Arusha on Monday, 26th February 2018, Honorable Justice Sylvain Ore said that the ECOWAS Court has created an admirable judicial mechanism founded on the human rights provisions in the 1993 ECOWAS Revised Treaty, the regional Supplementary Act on Sanctions, the 2001 Protocol on Good Governance and Democracy and the 2005 Supplementary Protocol extending the jurisdiction of the Court.

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alt COMMUNITY COURT TO SIGN MEMORANDUM WITH AFRICAN COURT

A delegation of the ECOWAS Court, led by its President, Honorable Justice Jerome Traore, arrives Arusha on Sunday, 25th February 2018 on a four-day working visit to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to discuss and agree areas of collaboration that will enhance their contribution to improving respect for human rights in Africa.


‘ We want to discuss ways of building synergy in improving the effectiveness of both Courts so that through the discharge of their mandates,  they can improve respect for human rights instruments which our Member States are signatories,’ Justice Traore said ahead of the visit.

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altCOMMUNITY COURT FIXES DATE FOR JUDGEMENT IN CASE INVOLVING HERDSMEN AND BENUE COMMUNITY

ECOWAS Court has fixed judgement for 31st May, 2018 in a case brought by a Priest and 11 others who claimed to have suffered wanton destruction of their properties and lost relations in attacks by armed herdsmen in Nigeria’s Benue State.

In suit no: ECW/CCJ/APP/11/16, Rev.Father Solomom Mfa and 11 others are asking the Court to award them and the affected community of Agatu compensation in the sum of five hundred billion naira (500 billion) against the Federal Republic of Nigeria and five others

The Court fixed the judgement on Tuesday, 20th February 22, 2018 after oral evidence from five witnesses, led in evidence by the Plaintiff s Counsel, Mr. Vembe Terence Terfa some of whom admitted  to either witnessing or being victims of the seasonal attacks which happened between November and February each year.


In suit no: ECW/CCJ/APP/11/16 Reverend Father Solomon Mfa and the 11 others namely: Rev.Joseph Dooga, Dr. Sam Abah, Dr.David Iordaah, Hon.Ochepo Yakubu Hon Terse Tange, Favour Adah-Paul, Samuel Msonter Ijoho, Iorbee Bajah, Ashi Bajah,Terseer Iorbee Bajah and Movement Against Fulani Occupation(MAFO) are suing the President, the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff and the Minister of Internal Affairs.

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