ECOWAS: Protection of ECOWAS citizens' rights for discussion at Bissau confab

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The role of the ECOWAS Community Court in the protection of the human rights of community citizens, as a fundamental value of the community, will be examined by legal and human rights experts during a biennial conference due to open in Bissau Wednesday, the Court said.

It said participants at the three-day conference would examine the subject under seven sub themes focusing on the human rights mandate of the court, access to justice, human rights protection and community law and the exhaustion of local remedies for human rights cases.

PANA quoted the Community Court of Justice as saying, in a statement issued here Tuesday, that one of the distinctive features of the Court is that its instrument allows it to entertain cases of human rights violations even when applicants have not exhausted local remedies in their member states.

The participants, who will also include judges of the court and staff of the registry, will also discuss the sources of law, remedies for human rights violations and the enforcement of the judgments, mainly the issues, dilemma and options.

The conference, which will bring together some 70 experts, will be declared open by Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira of Guinea Bissau.
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17 march 2015 12:46:34

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