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Osinbajo to deliver inaugural speech at African Human Rights Court

By Olalekan Awojodu, Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has departed Abuja for Arusha in Tanzania to attend the formal opening of the 2022 Judicial Year of the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights.

While in Tanzania, the Vice President will hold bilateral talks with his Tanzania counterpart, Dr. Philip Isdor Mpango.  Vice President has been designated as the Guest Speaker at the inaugural event billed to host other leaders from across the continent and beyond.

The theme of this year session is; “The African Court and the Africa we want.”

At its 15th Anniversary in 2021, the court it will be recall resolved to engage as many stakeholders as possible in its quest to enhance its visibility.

The commencement of the 2022 will therefore mark the first of its four sessions of the official opening of the judicial year.”

The overall objective of the ceremony, according to the Court, is to provide a forum for interaction with Member States, key judicial authorities, inter-governmental, semi-governmental and non-state actors; exchange of ideas; and reflection on the work of the Court for the year.

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established pursuant to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, adopted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 9th June 1998.

The Mission of the Court is to among other things enhance the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights by strengthening the human rights protection system in Africa and ensuring 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 Vice President is expected back in Abuja on Tuesday, 1st March, 2022.

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