Arusha, Tanzania, March 2009

Arusha, Tanzania, March 2009

(East Africa Focal Point)

The Foundation for Human Rights Initiative and the East Africa Law Society coordinated a working group on the African Court during the third East African NGO Forum, co-organised by the East Africa Law Society and the East African Community in Arusha from 20-21 March 2009.

The objectives of the working group were to raise awareness on the African Court and challenges it faces; explore the role of civil society in making the African Court effective; and discuss the relationship between the African Court and the subregional courts in particular the East African Court of Justice. The working group was attended by 20 participants from the five partner states of the East Africa Community, including Commissioner Nyanduga of the African Commission. The partner States are Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The outcomes of the meeting include

  • using important dates such as 21 October, Africa human rights day to raise awareness of the African Court;
  • to use the tenth anniversary of the birth of the East Africa Community to lobby governments to make the declaration allowing direct petitioning by individuals to the African Court; and
  • to ensure that governments are able to implement decisions from the regional courts.

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