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 ECOWAS COURT HOLDS MEDIA SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME IN SENEGAL

A delegation from the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS was in Dakar, Senegal for a week-long sensitisation campaign between 21st and 25th March 2016 during which it held a press conference and an exhibition of various texts of the Court.


The campaign also included phone-in radio and television programme on the popular ‘Le Point’ programme of the national Radio Television station of Senegal.


This is one of the major media activities of the Court to create awareness of its role in West Africa’s integration project and the protection of the human rights of the region’s citizens. The media outings were preceded by advocacy visits to senior officials of the government of Senegal.

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 ECOWAS COURT DECISION – TOGO TO PAY 8 MILLION FRENCH CFA TO MILITARY OFFICER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION


The Community Court of Justice has ordered the government of Togo to pay 8 million CFA in ‘reparation’ to Mr Konso Kokou Parounam, a former military officer for the harm inflicted on him while in detention over the disappearance of some arms under his supervision.

The plaintiff, a former Sergeant in the Togolese Armed Forces, claimed that following the disappearance of a pistol from the Arms Depot where he once served, he was arrested and detained on the premises of the Togo National Gendarmerie and beaten until blood started gushing from his body in violation of his fundamental human rights.

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 ECOWAS COURT PRESIDENT CALLS FOR GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO END STATELESSNESS


The President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Honorable Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Monteiro has advocated a ‘global movement to end the scourge of statelessness,’ in which some 10 million people in the world are not considered to be the citizen of any country and subject to its law.


‘ This is unconscionable and one of the anachronisms of the world as it contributes to the perpetuation of human suffering because without the legal protection offered by citizenship, the victims are exposed to severe hardships,’ she said at a forum organised with the UNHCR on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 in Abuja.


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 PRESIDENT OF ECOWAS COURT HONOURS OUTGOING STATUTORY APPOINTEES


The President of the ECOWAS regional court, Honourable Justice Marià Do Céu Silva Monteiro, has called for greater synergy among institutions of the Community because of the crucial responsibility vested in them in the region’s integration project.

The President said at a cocktail hosted by the court for the departing members of the management of the ECOWAS Commission and regional parliament that such synergy was desirable in achieving the cohesion required for discharging their mandate in the realisation of the objectives of the community.

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