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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:26

COURT PRESIDENT CONDEMNS PHENOMENON OF STREET CHILDREN IN THE REGION

The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Honourable Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro has condemned the phenomenon of street children in the region as an ‘unequivocal violation of the rights of children’ and attributed its ‘exponential increase’ on the inefficiency of the ‘competent institutions’ charged with addressing the structural causes in order to minimise the suffering of the affected children.


‘I must assert that the ECOWAS Court of Justice which holds the jurisdiction of Human Rights, will not fail to be sensitive to this phenomenon and seeks ways to address this trend in the spirit of Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Right of the Child, ‘the President said at the launching in Dakar of a regional project towards the elimination of the syndrome in the region.

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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.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:08

ECOWAS COURT, UNHCR SIGN THREE –YEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF REFUGEES


The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (ECCJ) on Wednesday, 17th June 2015 signed a framework document with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for cooperation in improving the protection of the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, returnees, IDPs, stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness in West Africa.


Activities to be implemented under the Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed by the President of the Court, Honorable Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro and Madame Angele Dikongue-Atangana, the Special Representative of the UNHCR to Nigeria and ECOWAS are broadly in the areas of training and capacity building for judges and staff of Court and the UNHCR, advice on cases before the Court and issues of mutual interest as well as information sharing.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:42

ECOWAS COURT HEARS CASES ON ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS INVOLVING NIGERIA


In the case with suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/26/13 concerning The Registered Trustees of Jama’a Foundation and 5 others, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and another, the plaintiffs sought leave of the court to call 28 witnesses as submitted in their application dated 2nd March, 2015. 

Responding, counsel to the respondents urged the court to hear its preliminary objection before hearing the prayers of the plaintiff. The preliminary objection amongst others questioned the locus standi of the plaintiffs.

Subsequently, the plaintiffs adopted their response to the respondents’ preliminary objection.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:37

ECOWAS COURT FIXES 12TH SEPTEMBER FOR HEARING OF HUMAN RIGHTS CASE INVOLVING NIGERIA


The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has fixed 24th September 2015 for hearing in a case brought by an Islamic organisation seeking N105 billion in compensatory damages against the Nigerian government over the death of 800 people and the displacement of 60,000 others in the violence that followed the 2011 presidential election.

In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/26/13, the Registered Trustees of Jama’a Foundation and 5 others are asking the court to declare that the failure of the defendants, their agents or privies to protect their lives and properties in the course of the 2011 presidential election violated their rights as provided for, in the relevant treaties and convention to which Nigeria is a party.

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