The Press Release made available to ASKLEGALPALACE correspondent shows that the new Judges were appointed at the 34th African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Ordinary Summit on Friday, 5 February 2021. They are Hon Justice Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza SC from the Republic of South Africa; and Hon Justice Modibo Sacko from the Republic of Mali.
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is a continental court established by African countries to ensure protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. It complements and reinforces the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The Court is composed of eleven Judges, nationals of Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity. The Court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold Extra-Ordinary Sessions.
The newly elected Justices will replace Hon Justice Sylvain Oré from the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (2010-2021), the current President of the Court, and Hon Justice Justice Ângelo Vasco Matusse (2014-2021) from the Republic of Mozambique.
They will be sworn-in during the 61st Ordinary Session scheduled for June 2021.
At the same Summit, Hon Justice Rafaâ Ben Achour from the Republic of Tunisia and Hon Lady-Justice Imani Daud Aboud from the United Republic of Tanzania were re-elected. They will serve for the second and final term of six years as required under Article 15 of the Protocol establishing the Court.
Meanwhile, the President of the Court, Hon Justice Oré, has warmly received the election of the two new Judges (Ntsebeza and Sacko), and re-election of Justices Achour and Aboud, and said that the Court is fully convinced of their deep commitment to human rights and to further strengthen protection of human rights in Africa.
The Press Release further states that details on the composition of the Court and Curriculum Vitae of the new Judges will be available at website of the Court.
Further information on the Court can be obtained from the Court’s website at www.african-court.org.
For more comments, Dr Robert Eno, Registrar is to be contacted via +255 27297 0430/31/32/33/34 or Robert.Eno@african-court.org
Media inquiries are to be channeled to AfricanCourtMedia@african-court.org
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