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Sierra Leone’s Chief of Mission to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Andrew Gbebay Bangali (in photo) yesterday attended the official opening ceremony of the Regional Sensitization Seminar on the Promotion of the African Court for East and North Africa at the new African Union Commission Conference Centre in Addis Ababa.
The confab which is themed: ‘The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right: Your New Partner in Strengthening the Promotion of Human Rights in Africa’ is slated to end on Friday 24th August, 2012.
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is a continental court established by Member States of the African Union to ensure the protection of human rights and peoples’ rights in Africa. The Court was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to compliment the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The main thrust of the sensitization seminar is to raise public awareness about the court, sensitizing would-be applicants on how to access the Court and the procedures before the Court and encouraging the public utilization of the Court in settling human rights disputes and encouraging the utilization of the Court to render advisory opinions.
The other participants who are also attending the workshop include a wide range of stakeholders drawn from Eastern and Northern Africa, human rights organizations working towards the promotion and protection of human rights in the Continent, African Union Organs, Regional Courts, Academic Institutions and International Nongovernmental Organizations among others.
For the next three days the participants will discuss among other issues: General presentation of the African Court, the role of the Court in contentious matters, the role of the Court in advisory matters, the relationship between the Court and the Regional Economic Communities’ Courts and the enforcement of the Court’s decisions.
Mr. Alimamy Sesay, Senior Legal Officer in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the African Union Commission who made a statement on behalf of the outgoing Chairperson of the Commission, Dr. Jean Ping, spoke about the importance and the workings of the Court.
Other speakers included the Chair of the Permanent Representatives’’ Committee and Benin’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency Ferdinand Pentecote Montcho and Justice Sophia Akuffo, Vice President of the Court.
Justice Gerard Niyungeko, President of the Court declared the meeting officially opened.
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