The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has set out a 2023 blueprint based on four main pillars as the foundation for building a coalition towards the protection of human rights for peace and social harmony.
The African Court 2023 Blueprint urges stakeholders to advance quality justice, strengthen inter-institutional cooperation, develop judicial diplomacy with others, and raise the visibility of the African Court.
In a goodwill message made available to the Ghana News Agency, the President of the African Court, Justice Imani Daud Aboud, explained that the African Continental Court will strengthen inter-institutional cooperation of African Union bodies enshrined with human rights mandates.
He stated as a requirement in the protocol the establishment of the African Court with the aim of promoting dynamic dialogue between institutions working in the same field.
“This is the price of the promotion of human rights in Africa and the right of every person who believes that their rights have been violated and therefore must be heard by our organs.
“We have a great responsibility in this regard, and cooperation and active partnership in the implementation of human rights at both the continental and national levels is one of the ways to foster hope for a better future,” she said.
Lady Justice Abode said that as part of the African Court 2023 blueprint it would continue with judicial dialogue that has already begun with higher national courts, sub-regional courts and regional human rights institutions.
Lady Justice Abode said, “The African Court will cooperate with the member states of the African Union in a close framework and also through diplomatic channels.”
He added that the visibility of the African Court to member states, individual citizens, non-governmental organizations and other human rights stakeholders would be enhanced.
The President of the African Court is optimistic that although the ratification of the Protocol and the submission of the Declaration are slower than expected, “there is certainly a light at the end of the tunnel.”
He stated that the African Court cannot achieve its goal without the overall support of the African Union as an intergovernmental umbrella organization, adding that “it will neither work alone without the support of member states.
“In this regard, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the African Union and the Member States for their unwavering commitment to engage in a constructive dialogue with the African Court in the year 2022.”
Lady Justice Abode urged African governments to renew their commitment to the original purpose that led to the establishment of the African Court.
“We will continue to conduct sensitization visits to African Union member states in 2023. We will continue to develop our partnerships with Member States, donors and human rights stakeholders.
“We will continue our engagement with our host country, Tanzania, to ensure that the African Court construction project becomes a reality. We will continue our drive to gain international recognition and enhance our recognition and reputation as the continental human rights court, both at home and abroad.”
The President of the African Court calls on all to join hands in realizing his vision of creating a continent with a viable human rights culture to support the objectives of the AU Agenda 2063.
“We look forward to working together to ensure that we have a better African court and a better Africa that we seek. Let us move our world forward with and for human rights.
Lady Justice Abode said, “Let us continue to fight the battle, to make the case for human equality, human dignity and human and people’s rights for all.”