The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on Monday this week kicked off with its 55th Ordinary Session in Zanzibar.
During this session Judges will examine over 15 applications and at least nine Judgments are expected to be rendered before the close of the four-week Session on 29 November 2019.
Among issues to be discussed is the Court’s work plan for 2020 which will be updated on the status of the Court’s permanent premises.
The Court currently operates from the premises of the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) in Burka area.
Other issues on the Agenda is to review the recently concluded Fourth African Judicial Dialogue in Kampala, Uganda, which ran under a theme ‘’Tackling Contemporary Human Rights Issues: The Role of the Judiciary in Africa’’.
This Judicial Dialogue which was officiated by the President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kagutta Museveni brought together more than 300 participants who included Chief Justices and the Presidents of Constitutional Courts of the AU Member States, among others.
The Judges are also expected to review the First International Court Forum on Human Rights which preceded the Judicial Dialogue, also in Kampala. The Forum brought together the Judges of the African Court, the Inter-American Court and the European Court of Human Rights and concluded with the Kampala Declaration.
The 10th Extra-Ordinary Session will run from 2nd to 6th November, also in Zanzibar, and among others, will consider some proposals for amendments to the Rules of Court.
The Judges will also pay a courtesy call on the President of Zanzibar H.E Dr Ali Mohamed Shein
This court has eleven Judges who are nationals from African Union Member countries who are appointed basing on their individual capacity
On top of that the court meets four times a year in ordinary session and they can also hold an Extra ordinary sessions