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 ECOWAS COURT BEGINS HEARING IN A CASE CHALLENGING THE DEATH ROW PROVISONS IN NIGERIA’S STATUTE BOOKS


The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on Tuesday, 19th January 2016 adjourned until 17th February 2016 hearing in a case brought by a prisoner on death row challenging the provisions for mandatory death sentence in Nigeria’s statute books.

Hearing in the suit was adjourned following the absence of the defendant, the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Nnenna Obi is in suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/25/15, contending that the existence of these provisions were in conflict with Nigeria’s  1999 Constitution and its obligations under various international instruments to which it is signatory.

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 NIGERIAN GOVERNOR CALLS FOR COMMUNITY LAWS THAT PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Nigeria's Imo State on Monday, 6th July 2015 called for the adoption of regional laws that facilitate the realisation of the objectives of the ECOWAS by contributing to the development and integration of West Africa.

Such laws, the Governor said while opening the 7th Judicial Retreat of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Owerri the state capital, should address the challenges militating against regional integration such as the language barrier which hampers the interaction of community citizens and intra-community trade.

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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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