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alt ECOWAS COURT AWARDS SIX MILLION DALASIS AGAINST THE GAMBIA FOR INCACERATION AND TORTURE OF JOURNALISTS

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the government of The Gambia to pay six million Dalasi in compensation to four Gambian journalists for the violation of their human right and subjecting them to degrading treatment.


Alhagie Jobe and Lamin Fatty, fourth and fifth plaintiffs in a suit filed by four journalists and NGO were awarded two million Dalasi each for the violation of their human rights including the right to freedom of expression and right to freedom from torture while Fatou Camara and Fatou Jaw Manneh, second and third plaintiffs would each get 1 million Dalasi for the violation of their rights.

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alt ECOWAS COURT OF JUSTICE DISMISSES CASE FOR REVISION OF JUDGMENT BY ECOWAS COMMISSION

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has rejected an application filed by the ECOWAS Commission for the revision of its judgement of 16th October 2016.


Relying on Articles 25 of the Protocol on the Court and Article 92 of its Rules, the Court noted that the application for review did not satisfy one of the conditions precedent- that such an application must be premised on new facts of a decisive nature, which were unknown to the Court or the party applying for revision, provided that such ignorance was not due to negligence.

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altREGIONAL COURT STRIKES OUT CASE DEMANDING CONCESSIONS FOR ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF THE NIGERIAN CAPITAL


West Africa’s regional Court has struck out a case brought by an association claiming to represent the 1,405,201 original inhabitants of the Nigerian capital in which they asked for concessions from the government that will preserve their cultural identify, improve their participation in government and enhance the development of the territory.


Delivering judgement in the suit, a panel of three judges of the Community Court of Justice held that although the subject matter was admissible and within the Court’s competence, it was inclined to agree with the submission of the Defendant that the Applicant lacked the authority to institute the suit while some of the declarations sought could not be granted as they were within the domestic jurisdiction of national Courts.

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alt CCJ TO ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIP WITH ICC

The President of the Community Court of Justice has advocated the creation of framework of cooperation between the Court and the International Criminal Court (ICC), based on axes to be determined by both Courts in order to strengthen synergy between them in the promotion of accountability, the fight against impunity and the defence of human rights.

In a paper presented on the Complementarity and Cooperation of Court in an Interconnected World Justice System, Justice Jerome Traoré said that such framework would facilitate the development of complementarity through the effective discharge of their individual mandates
He also proposed other areas of cooperation between the two Courts in the areas mainly in capacity building for their judges and officials as well as study and working visits for their officials

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