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 COURT RESERVES TWO DAYS FOR HEARING IN A CASE BROUGHT BY SECURITY ADVISER TO FORMER NIGERIAN PRESIDENT


The ECOWAS Regional Court has reserved two days to hear the case brought by Retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, the National Security Adviser to a former Nigerian president alleging human rights violations against the government following his continued detention and the seizure of his properties.


According to the cause list released by the Registry of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, the case will be heard on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May 2016. This followed the dismissal by the Court on 11th April 2016 of the preliminary objection filed by the government of Nigeria challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to hear the case.

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 MAIDEN EXTERNAL COURT SESSION OF THE ECOWAS COURT IN COTE D’IVOIRE OPENS IN ABIDJAN

 

ECOWAS Member States have been urged to contribute to the realisation of a project by the Community Court of Justice to reduce the cost of litigation on citizens through the creation of sub registries in Member States whereby citizens can file cases without recourse to the headquarters of the Court.


“Sub registries will further democratize access to the Court by citizens of the region as they will enable litigants to lodge applications in their countries without having to come to Abuja as is presently the case,”  said the President of the Court, Honorable Justice Maria do Ceu Silva Monteiro while opening the court’s external session in Abidjan on Monday, 18th April 2016.


She also canvassed for the creation of a regional legal aid fund for indigent citizens who could otherwise not avail themselves of the opportunity offered by the Court to remedy the violation of their human rights.

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 WEST AFRICAN JURISTS ADOPT CONSTITUTION FOR THEIR ASSOCIATION


Jurists from West Africa on Friday 15th April 2016 adopted the constitution for the West African Jurists Association (WAJA) as a platform for judges and lawyers from the region to further contribute towards the consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights in West Africa.


The document was adopted at the end of a three day inaugural meeting of the Association convened in Abidjan by the Community Court of Justice, (CCJ) ECOWAS which also presented the jurists with the four basic documents of the Association for the consideration of the members.


The 10-page document enumerated the objectives of the Association to include the promotion of the harmonization of the legal texts of the Community in the spirit of Article 3(2) a of the 1993 ECOWAS Revised Treaty and defend the principle of the independence of the judiciary.

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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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