NATION LEADS EAST AFRICA IN RIGHTS PROTECTION

AU Heads of State and delegates in plenary session in the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Pic. Agencies)

TANZANIA: RIGHTS/DAILY NEWS/27/3/18 SABANews 1

DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA is leading the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY Region in the defence and protection of the rights of its citizens and other individuals.

The DAILY NEWS says the development comes after the country agreed to the Protocol in the AFRICAN Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

It says TANZANIA has also recognised the competence of the AFRICAN Court on Human and Peoples` Rights to receive cases from non-governmental groups and from individuals.

The continental Court Summary says TANZANIA is ONE of the EIGHT countries among 30 states that have ratified the Protocol and declared the Court’s competence to receive cases from NGOs and individuals.

Other countries are BENIN, BURKINA FASO, IVORY COAST, GHANA, MALI, MALAWI and TUNISIA.

All other EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY countries, KENYA, UGANDA, RWANDA, and BURUNDI, except SOUTH SUDAN, which joined the Community recently, have ratified the Protocol.

However, the DAILY NEWS says only TANZANIA has gone the extra mile by recognising the Court’s competence to receive cases from individuals and NGOs.

It says RWANDA had earlier made the declaration to recognise the Court’s competence to receive cases from NGOs and individuals, but soon withdrew for undisclosed reasons.

Member countries of the AU established the AFRICAN Court on Human and People’s Rights to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights on the Continent.

It complements and reinforces the functions of the AFRICAN Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; but only 30 out of the 54 nations have ratified the Protocol.

They are ALGERIA, BENIN, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CHAD, IVORY COAST, COMOROS, CONGO, GABON, GAMBIA, GHANA, KENYA, LIBYA, LESOTHO, MALI, and MALAWI.

Others are MOZAMBIQUE, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, NIGERIA, NIGER, RWANDA, SAHRAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, SOUTH AFRICA, SENEGAL, TANZANIA, TOGO, TUNISIA and UGANDA.

States that have not ratified the Protocol are ANGOLA, BOTSWANA, the DRC, MADAGASCAR, NAMIBIA, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA, and ZIMBABWE.

The rest are CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, EGYPT, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GUINEA, GUINEA BISSAU, LIBERIA, MOROCCO, SIERRA LEON, SOMALIA, SOUTH SUDAN, and SUDAN.

Only EIGHT of the 30 State parties to the Protocol had as at FEBRUARY 2018, made the declaration recognising the competence of the AFRICAN Court on Human and People’s Rights to receive cases from NGOs and individuals./Sabanews/cam

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