Court envisions  reshaping  human rights  justice in Africa

Court envisions reshaping human rights justice in Africa

THE African Court on Human and People’s Rights has called upon all stakeholders to build an alliance towards pursuing quality justice and place states at the heart of discourse on human rights justice in Africa.

In her New Year wishes to human rights stakeholders, President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Imani Aboud also called upon stakeholders to device strategies of promoting Africa’s contribution to overcome global and regional democracy crisis.

She said in the past two years the court has adjusted itself to the fast - changing nature of international human rights justice, especially in dealing with changes brought by Covid-19 pandemic.

“We must strive to reshape human rights justice… the achievements of the court since the advent of the pandemic reveal a consistent trend of increased productivity,” she said.

She further noted that ,” As many of you are aware, the African court is at the crossroads of institutional development ... engagement with various stakeholders and in the course of last year has reinforced our resolution that self-led reform is the way to go if we are to preserve the fundamentals of the African human rights justice system.” She said that the protection of human rights cannot be fully realized without the active participation of African citizens and the support of non- governmental actors who represent the people of African Court.

“What the current leadership of African Court therefore hopes for is that African civil society joins the Court’s reform process by actively engaging with the African Union, individual states and the Court,” she stressed.

The president further called upon African citizens to proactively engage with the court directly and through the African civil society to ensure effective protection of their rights and fundamental freedoms.

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