Accra, Aug. 31,
GNA - The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right will begin its 54th
Ordinary Session on Monday, from September 2 to 27, to examine over 15
applications and at least six judgments are expected to be rendered.
Court is composed of eleven Judges, nationals of Member States of the African
Union elected in their individual capacity and meets four times a year in
Ordinary Sessions and may hold Extra-Ordinary Sessions.
Ore, the African Court President, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on
Saturday that the Session is also expected to review the preparations for the
Fourth African Judicial Dialogue slated for October 30 to 1 November 2019.
It would be
held under the theme: ‘’Tackling Contemporary Human Rights Issues: The Role of
the Judiciary in Africa’’.
He said the
Judicial Dialogue brings together the Chief Justices and the Presidents of
Constitutional Courts of the AU Member States.
The Judges will
also discuss the progress on the First International Court Forum on Human
Rights to be held from 4 to 5 November in Zanzibar. The Forum will involve the
Judges of the African Court, the Inter-American Court and the European Court of
reminded the judicial community in Africa, that the importance of justice in
achieving stable societies can never be downplayed to a mere slogan.
that is administered without fear or favour has become a shared value across
democratic societies, nations, regions and cultures; however, the globalization
of minimum core values of the right to justice has taken an inversely
proportional slow course.
“This state of
affairs has left connections between courts at all levels loose, random,
minimal or even inexistent to the paradoxical disadvantage of rights-holders
who are the beneficiaries of our mandate,” Justice Ore told the GNA.
Court President noted that one challenge in giving life and flesh to justice as
a breeding ground for political stability and socio-economic development is not
so much the limited appreciation of that undisputable fact among the relevant
“It is rather
that, for far too long, the frontline actors of our justice systems have
insufficiently comprehended that, a key prerequisite for successfully providing
justice as a fundamental human rights is systematic and constant communication
between administrators of justice whether national, sub-regional, continental
or international,” he stated.
Court President said the Continental Judicial Dialogue has, however, renewed
hopes in the sense that it has created a platform for judicial actors to open
“I am glad to
note that such courageous endeavour has led to the opening two most promising
avenues for strengthening judicial interconnections in Africa.
project aiming at building convergence in judicial knowledge – sharing across
the continent is now being conceived; and second, we have set the tone towards
matching our ambitions with the order of the day by placing technology at the
heart of quality justice delivery,” the African Continental Court President
Dialogue is biennial event, institutionalised by the African Union. This is the
first time that the event will be hosted outside the Seat of the African Court.