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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 08:57

COURT TO SUPPORT ECOWAS MEMBER STATES IN FACILITATING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS DECISIONS


The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Honorable Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro on Thursday, 18th June 2015 pledged to work with Member States to facilitate the designation of competent authorities in the States for the execution of the decisions of the Court in line with the provisions of the 2005 Supplementary Protocol on the Court.


‘The focal points are an important mechanism for the implementation of the decisions of the Court and would contribute to engendering citizen confidence,’ she said at a symbolic ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the swearing in of the current judges of the Court.


The seven new judges were sworn in in on 18th June 2014 in Accra by the then Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana.


These include Honorable Justice Maria do Ceu Silva Monteiro from Guinea Bissau, Hon. Justice Chijioke Friday Nwoke from Nigeria, Hon. Justice Jerome Traore from Burkina Faso, Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright from Liberia, Hon. Justice Yaya Boiro from Guinea, Hon. Justice Hameye Foune Malhalmadane from Mali and Hon. Justice.Alioune Sall from Senegal.


Article 24(4) of the Protocol on the Court as amended by the Court’s Supplementary Act of 2005 stipulates that ‘Member States shall determine the competent national authority for the purpose of receipt and processing of execution’ of the courts decisions and notify the court.


She reassured the Community of the Court’s determination to scrupulously discharge its mandate of interpreting its texts and protecting the human rights of the citizens thereby contributing to improving democracy and good governance in the region.


She also alluded to the value of the partnership agreement signed on Wednesday, 18th June 2015 between the Court and the UNHCR to the improvement of the human rights climate in the region and ‘our collective goal of peace, security and development and the ECOWAS vision 2020’ which put the citizens at the fulcrum of the region’s integration.


She hailed the partnership as a central part of the global campaign to establish a framework that will equip the Court to contribute to resolving the challenges of refuges, statelessness, asylum seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and those at risk of Statelessness in the region.


For further information, visit the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS website at www.courtecowas.org or contact the Information Officers using the contact details below:

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