The African Court on Human and People’s Rights has adopted the recommendations for the establishment of Human Rights Courts with exclusive jurisdiction to hear human rights cases in member states.
The African court has also resolved to collaborate with human rights institutions in member states towards the implementation of human rights statutes applicable in them.
The decisions were part of the resolutions at the validation meeting of the court’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025 which held recently via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during the meeting, the President of the Court, Justice Sylvain Ore, said the court’s last strategic plan was implemented up to 70 per cent and expressed confidence that the court would get its priorities right, overcome challenges and put measures to achieve the current plan.
The meeting was attended by 114 participants and a wide range of stakeholders across the African continent.
These are mainly drawn from representatives of the member states of the African Union; members of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) platform; African Union Commission; judges and staff of the Court; national courts; parliaments; academia; African regional courts; Bar associations; African international organisations; national human rights institutions; the media; international organisations and civil society organisations.