AU Executive Council to elect own human rights judges

Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) will elect new members for both the African Court for Human and Peoples' Rights a nd the Committee of Experts on the Child's Rights and Welfare, sources in Sharm E l Sheik, Egypt, told PANA Thursday.
If appointed, the judges will take over from the four judges whose term expires this year.
The elections will take place during the 13th ordinary session of the Council wh ich opens here Friday.
The term of office of the four judges elected during the eighth ordinary session of the Executive Council, in January 2006 in Banjul, Gambia, expires this year.
The protocol setting up the African Charter for Human and People's Rights stipul ates that there will be eleven judges (all nationals of AU member countries), el e cted on the basis of competence and experience in the field of human and peoples ' rights.
"During the elections, both sexes are appropriately represented," according to t he protocol.
Member countries are therefore urged to include women in their nominations for t he post of judges.
PANA recalls that government officials, diplomats, the legal adviser of a minist ry of foreign affairs will not be elected judge for the Continent's new internat i onal court of justice.
Also, the Executive Council is to elect four new members of the African Committe e of Experts on the Child's rights and welfare in replacement of four members wh o se term of office expires this year and who cannot be re-elected.
Gender parity is also to be complied with in the nomination of candidates on tha t committee.

26 june 2008 11:55:00




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