Nigeria: ECOWAS Court seeks French support

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Hon. Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Monteiro, has called for French support in strengthening the court towards the successful discharge of its mandate as the last bastion for the defence of the human rights of the citizens of West Africa.

''We have been doing our best as the regional court responsible for the interpretation of community texts and the protection of the human rights of citizens, but difficulties remain in the areas of enforcement of decisions of the court,'' she told visiting French Ambassador to Nigeria.

She also assured the Ambassador that judges of the court will continue to conduct themselves with ‘dignity’ in order to protect its integrity and sustain public confidence in the court.

The President further told the Ambassador that the court has relied on a variety of tools to encourage member states to comply with their obligations under the Protocol on the court to enforce decisions of the court such as sensitization and advocacy.

Hon. Justice Monteiro also spoke on the issue of the appointment of the judges of the court and proposed that this should be staggered for institutional memory and the stability of the court. She also briefed the Ambassador on the history and mandate of the court.

Responding, Ambassador Denys Gauer suggested that the court explore the possibility of introducing a peer review mechanism on the implementation of its decisions which will serve as a ‘naming and shaming’ platform to encourage the states to comply with its decision.

The Ambassador, who was accompanied by the embassy’s first counsellor in charge of ECOWAS matters, M. Bertrand de SEISSAN de Marignan, assured that France was willing to assist the court to realise its objective, particularly in the area of training.

He said his country was also willing to help the court attract support from the European Union and paid tribute to the court for its role in strengthening respect for human rights in the region.
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28 october 2015 22:16:12




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