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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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Monday, 13 July 2015 10:15

COMMUNITY COURT RECORDS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN CASES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

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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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 07:27

JUDGEMENT FIXED FOR JULY 13 BY ECOWAS COURT IN CASE BROUGHT BY BURKINA FASO’S POLITICAL PARTIES

Judgement has been fixed for July 13, 2015 by the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in the case brought by seven of Burkina Faso’s political parties contesting the amendment to the country’s Electoral Act which excluded them from participation in the country’s political process.


The seven parties, including the former ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress of erstwhile President Blaise Compaore are asking the Court to declare that the 7th April 2015 Protocol amending the Electoral Act No.014 passed by the National Assembly in 2001 violated their human rights.

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Sunday, 05 July 2015 22:30

OFFICIALS OF ECOWAS COURT TO DISCUSS MECHANISMS FOR IMPROVING CITIZEN ACCESS TO COURT AT 2015 RETREAT

Officials of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice are to ‘identify and define’ measures to improve access to the court for community citizens whose human rights have been violated during a three day retreat which opens on Monday 6th July 2015 in Owerri in Nigeria’s Imo state.


The Governor of Nigeria’s Imo State will open the retreat which will discuss various issues affecting the Court including the necessity of a West African instrument on human rights, the creation of court of second instance within the court and the necessity and mechanism for implementing the recommendations of an earlier retreat on legal aid for indigent citizens.

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Saturday, 04 July 2015 21:06

NIGERIAN GOVERNOR CALLS FOR ADOPTION OF REGIONAL LANGUAGE By ECOWAS

The Governor of Nigeria’s Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Thursday, 2nd July 2015 urged ECOWAS to adopt a regional language that will unite the citizens and eliminate the current challenges associated with the use of three official but foreign languages in order to facilitate the realisation of the region’s pursuit of socio economic integration.


While characterising the ECOWAS objective as laudable, the governor told a delegation of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice that ‘the fact that we need interpreters to communicate among ourselves makes development and we need to find a solution through the use of a common language.’

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