ECOWAS: Spike in right violation cases at Community Court

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - There has been an increase in the number of cases of human rights violations being filed at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in recent times, according to Court Registrar Tony AneneMaidoh.

The Court Friday quoted the Registrar as saying 52 cases, mostly for human rights violations, were filed with the Court within the last 18 months (January 2014 to ­June 2015).

“It is evidence of the burgeoning consciousness and confidence of the citizens of the region in the Court as the last bastion for the defence of their human rights,” the Registrar said in a presentation on the first day of the 8th budget and administrative retreat of the Court in Nigeria's South-east Owerri.

PANA reported that Mr. AneneMaidoh did not give the number of cases of human rights violations filed at the Court prior to the referenced period.

The Court’s original mandate, related to the interpretation of Community texts, was expanded in 2005, allowing it to handle cases of human rights violations and providing citizens direct access without exhausting local remedies.

The seven judges of the court, the chief registrar and heads of its various divisions are attending the retreat which provides an annual opportunity to review the budget and administrative issues confronting the court and proffer solutions.
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10 july 2015 12:50:12




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