Panel discussion on African Court, April 2011

The panel discussion on the margins of the 49th session of the African Commission 29 April 2011, which brought together 30 participants from civil society, was presided over by Mr Lloyd Kuveya of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre. Included in the panel was Justice Sophia Akuffo, the deputy president of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights who gave her reflections on challenges facing the Court. One of the key concerns raised by the participants and presenters was that of access to the African Court. Currently, only five State Parties, namely Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Malawi and Tanzania out of 26 have made the declaration allowing for direct access.

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