Forty five cases to be heard by ECOWAS Court in first quarter of 2016

Forty five cases from 10 Member States have been scheduled for the first quarter of 2016 by the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS between February and April 2016, according to the records provided by the Registry Department of the Court.

The court will deliver judgements in five of the cases, give rulings on three others while the rest of the cases are for hearing. Three of the judgements will be delivered on 16th February 2016

Most of the cases are from human rights violations against Member States.

They include those filed by retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, the National Security Adviser to former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and another by Djibril Bassole, who served as foreign minister under former President Blaise Compaore. Both of them have approached the court for the enforcement of their fundamental human rights.

High-level AU dialogue opens in Kigali on Monday

By Julius Bizimungu & Samantha Teta

The African Union will Monday open the Fourth High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa in Kigali.

The two-day meeting, which will bring together more than 40 participants from across the continent, will discuss trends, challenges and the prospects facing the continent.

Addressing the media yesterday, Prof. Anastase Shyaka, the chief executive of Rwanda Governance Board, said hosting such an event was a great opportunity for the country.

“We are privileged and excited to host the fourth high level dialogue as a country. It’s an important moment to involve the young people, especially women to participate in this dialogue, we expect them to gain much from it,” Shyaka said.

Africa: AU Urged to Advise National Political Parties On Women Inclusion

By Eugene Kwibuka

The African Union (AU) should set up a continental programme which will assist major national political parties in countries across Africa about how to include women in their structures, participants at a dialogue on women resolved yesterday.

Held under the auspices of the African Union and the Government of Rwanda, the two-day fourth African Union High-Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance ended in Kigali yesterday with a focus on involving women in political processes, especially by enhancing their participation in the management of political parties in countries across the continent.

It was agreed at the end of the conference that political parties across the continent should set up policies that make it mandatory for women to occupy positions of power in their ranks, while also empowering them with skills needed to fully participate in national governance.

The African Union director for political affairs, Dr Khabele Matlosa, said the AU be set up a continental programme to advise political parties on how they can have gender-sensitive governance structures.


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