Liberia reaffirms commitment to ratify African Court on Human and People Rights Protocol
SOURCE: BY: EMMANUEL WISE JIPOH
Liberia Foreign Minister Ghezohngar Finley
Liberia Foreign Minister Ghezohngar Finley









Liberia has reaffirmed its support toward the African court on Human and People rights (AFCHPR).

Speaking at a two-day sensitization seminar on the establishment of the AFCHPR held at the Boulevard Palace in Monrovia, Liberia Foreign Minister Ghezohngar Finley reiterated Government Commitment to ratifying the protocol of the establishment of the African Court on Human and People Rights (AFCHPR).

Minister Finley also reaffirmed government willingness to deposit the declaration under Article 34(6), which allows direct access to the court by NGOs and individuals.

He described the instrument as a cardinal tool to strengthening the country’s democracy and human rights record, noting government will not hesitate to ratify the protocol.

Minister Finley thanked the African court on Human and People rights (AFCHPR) for the step taking to inform the entire continent about the importance of the ratification of the protocol.

Also speaking at the occasion, the President of the AFCHPR, Justice Slylvain Ore lauded the Liberian Government for their willingness to support and ratify with the protocol establishing the African Court.

“So far, only 30 out of the 55 African Union (AU) member states have ratified the protocol and only 8 of them have deposited the declaration.

Benin, Burkina faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana,Malawi,Mali,Tanzania and Tunisia are the countries that have deposited the declaration”, Justice Ore said.

The AFCHPR was established by virtue of article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People Rights on the Establishment of an African court on Human and People rights to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and People Rights, with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the Continent.

The success of the court as a human rights protection mechanism according to the Commission requires a wider ratification of the protocol by member states, as well as their acceptance of the ratification of the protocol by member states and the acceptance of the competence of the court, by making the declaration under Article 34(6) this universal ratification will give the court the legitimacy it needs to effectively discharge its mandates.

Since December 201 0, the court has carried out continent-wide promotion programmes which have so far seen it undertake 25 national sensitizations.

 
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