Tanzania: African human rights court achieves gender parity

Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Two new judges were sworn in on Monday at the Arusha, Tanzania-based African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, bringing the number of female judges to five at the continental court.

Justice Chafika Bensaoula of Algeria and Justice Tujilane Rose Chizumila of Malawi were sworn in following their election in January at the 28th session of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The two replaced Justice Fatsah Ouguergouz of Algeria and Justice Duncan Tambala of Malawi whose term came to an end on 5 September 2016, according to information availed to PANA.

The two new judges join Lady-Justice Ntyam Ondo Mengue from Cameroon and Lady-Justice Marie Thérése Mukamulisa from Rwanda who were elected to the Court during the 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

“For the first time in the history of the Court, there will be five female judges sitting on the 11-member court. The increased number of female Judges is the fulfillment of the requirement for adequate gender representation provided for in Article 12(2) and Article 14(3) of the Protocol establishing the court,” the Arusha-based Court said in a statement.

Lady Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa from Uganda, the fifth female Judge, was elected in June 2014. The Court’s Judges are elected for a term of six-years, renewable once.

The Court marked its 10th anniversary in 2016. It has so far handled 32 cases of human rights abuses within the AU member states out of 119 cases it has received.

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06 march 2017 19:45:14

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