MFWA wants ECOWAS Court's decisions implemented

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has started moves to ensure the implementation of decisions of the ECOWAS Community Court by member states, PANA reports Thursday.

In a statement, received here by PANA, MFWA disclosed that it had started putting together civil society coalitions in a number of countries, including Ghana, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Nigeria, that will spearhead the move.

The rights body noted that although the ECOWAS Court could be a major regional judicial mechanism, its effectiveness has been weakened by non-compliance with its judgments by offending member states.

''Recognizing the negative effects of such non-compliance on the effectiveness and reputation of the court, the MFWA, in partnership with Ibis-Ghana, initiated the first phase of this campaign in 2012 to seek the intervention of the ECOWAS Commission in ensuring that member states comply with decisions of the Court,'' the statement pointed out.

As part of that campaign, a group of civil society organisations from across the region were said to have jointly issued a declaration, calling on the ECOWAS Commission to ensure that offending member states comply with judgments of the Court.

The declaration which was reportedly issued after a meeting in Abuja, the Nigerian Capital, was subsequently presented to the ECOWAS Commission.

The declaration was said to have been received on behalf of the Commission by its Vice President, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, who acknowledged the ''importance of having a strong and effective regional judicial mechanism.''

''He consequently indicated the Commission’s commitment to ensuring that the issue of implementation of decisions of the sub-regional Court is placed on the agenda of the Heads of State Summit in 2013,'' the statement recalled.

''MFWA is, therefore, urging the ECOWAS Commission to prioritize the issue of compliance with decisions of the Court in its 2013 activities and discussions because injustice will always be a stumbling block to the pursuit of regional peace and stability," it added.
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13 june 2013 17:05:02

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