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Monday, 26 October 2015 16:39

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER ENDORSE CALLS FOR LEGAL AID SCHEME FOR WEST AFRICA


An international human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana of Nigeria has joined the campaign for the creation of a legal aid scheme to assist indigent West African citizens access the regional court to secure the enforcement of their fundamental human rights.

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Monday, 26 October 2015 16:34

ECOWAS COURT CALLS FOR EXPANSION OF ITS FACILITIES TO ENABLE IT COPE WITH INCREASED RESPONSIBILITY    

The President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Honorable Justice Maria Do Céu Silva Monteiro has launched an appeal for the expansion of its facilities to reflect its stature as an international court and enable it cope with the phenomenal increase in cases occasioned by the addition of a human rights mandate to its jurisdiction.

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Friday, 16 October 2015 08:56

ECOWAS COURT DISMISSES CASE FILED AGAINST NIGERIA’S FORMER RULING PARTY OVER FUNDRAISING DINNER


The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS on Wednesday, 14th October 2015 dismissed a case brought against Nigeria’s former ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the 21.27 billion naira realized as donations during the party’s fundraising dinner in December 2014 to fund its 2015 presidential election.

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COMMUNITY COURT RULES AMENDMENT 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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Monday, 13 July 2015 10:27

PARTICIPANTS AT JUDICIAL RETREAT  OF ECOWAS COURT CALL FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF LEGAL AID SCHEME FOR THE REGION

Judges and staff of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have called for ‘concrete and immediate’ steps to be taken by the Court towards the establishment  a legal aid scheme for indigent citizens of West Africa who would otherwise not afford the cost of approaching the court for the protection of their human rights.


Participants at the 7th judicial retreat of the court held in Owerri in Nigeria’s Imo State said such a scheme would address one of the impediments to the realization of the court’s role as a defender of the human rights of community citizens as the ‘provision of legal aid to indigent litigants is an important step in ensuring access to justice.’

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