27th February, 2022
By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will depart Abuja on Sunday for Arusha, Tanzania, to attend the formal opening of the 2022 Judicial Year of the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the vice president was designated as the guest speaker at the inaugural event.
Osinbajo is expected to speak on the theme “The African Court and the Africa we want.”
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established under the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of African Court on Human and Peoples, adopted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on June 9, 1998.
It became operational in 2006 and officially started working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and later moved to its current seat in Arusha, Tanzania.
The mission of the court is to enhance the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights by strengthening the human rights protection system in Africa.
The court will ensure respect for and compliance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as well as other international human rights instruments, through judicial decisions.
The court is made up of justices drawn from the continent by-election and is currently led by Lady Justice Imani Aboud, as its President. She is from Tanzania.
Others include Justice Blaise Tchikaya, Vice President, Republic of Congo, Justice Ben Kioko, Kenya, Justice Rafaâ Achour, Tunisia, Lady Justice Ntyam Mengue, Cameroon and Lady Justice Marie Thérèse Mukamulisa, Rwanda.
Lady Justice Tujilane Chizumila, Malawi, Lady Justice Bensaoula Chafika, Algeria, Lady Justice Stella Anukam -Nigeria, Justice Dumisa Ntsebeza, South Africa and Justice Sacko Modibo, Mali will also be in attendance.
While in Tanzania, the vice president will also hold bilateral talks with his counterpart, Dr Philip Mpango.
Osinbajo is expected back in Abuja on March 1.