THE African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) has moved its sensitization agenda to the Republic of Guinea, with a visit that would also enable the mission to hold discussions with various stakeholders with a view to promoting the Court.
President of the AfCHPR, Justice Sylvain Oré said here that in order for the Court to achieve its objectives, there is need for more countries to ratify the Protocol and deposit the Declaration that allows access to the Court by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and individuals.
The mission that is composed of three judges and registry Staff is also expected to pay courtesy calls on the president, minister of foreign affairs, minister of justice and the Speaker of Parliament, among others.
So far, 30 out of 55 African Union (AU) member states have ratified the Protocol, and only eight countries have made a declaration under Article 34(6) that allows access to the Court by NGOs and individuals.
‘’It is within this framework that since 2010 the Court has embarked on a sensitization programme, which has enabled it to carry out outreach visits, seminars and conferences at national, regional and continental levels.
These activities are aimed at enabling the Court to interact with different actors in order to afford them the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Court’s mission and possibilities that it offers in terms of human rights protection,” Justice Oré said.
The African Court undertook similar sensitizations to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Republic of Tunisia in April this year, which resulted in Tunisia depositing a declaration allowing NGOs and individuals to access the Court, whereas Egypt expressed its willingness to work towards the ratification of the Protocol establishing the Court.
AfCHPR was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.