African Court Seeks To Increase Access To Justice For All

In a move meant to address human rights concerns and increase access to justice to the African people,
the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has organized the second Continental Judicial Dialogue slated for 4-6 November in Arusha, Tanzania.

In a statement, the President of the African Court Justice Augustino Ramadhani says the dialogue will draw about 200 delegates from African Union (AU) member states, including Chief Justices, Presidents of Supreme Courts and Constitutional Courts, academia, national judiciaries and media, among others.

The three-day dialogue which comes as many African countries including Uganda are either preparing for or holding elections during which rights violations usually escalate, will help promote procedural reforms and innovations that enhance access to justice and improved quality of judicial administration.

The meeting will also assess approaches to incorporating technology in court processes to enhance access to jusctice and protection of human rights, as well as provide a platform for experience sharing on best practices of other regional blocs on ensuring compliance with decisions of international courts through national courts, among other objectives.

The theme of the biennial Dialogue is ‘’Connecting National and International Justice’’ and is a follow up to the first edition held in November 2013 in Arusha.

The 2nd African Judicial Dialogue is organised in collaboration with the World Bank, the European Union (EU), the German Cooperation (GiZ) and the Judiciary of Tanzania.

Story By Catherine Ageno