Yashyizweho kuri 3 February, 2017 | 11:48

The female number of Judges in AfCHPR is increasing

Two new judges appointed to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights(AfCHPR). The two Judges will be sworn-in during the 44th Ordinary Session of the Court which begins on 6 March, 2017 in Arusha at the head office of the court.

At the just-ended 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 30-31 January 2017, appointed two Judges to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights for a period of six years.

The Judges are Hon. Justice Bensaoula Chafika from Algeria and Hon. Justice Chizumila Rose Tujilane from Malawi. The two are replacing Hon. Justice Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria) and Hon. Justice Duncan Tambala (Malawi) whose term came to an end on 5 September, 2016.

According to the press release from the Court, The two Judges will be sworn-in during the 44th Ordinary Session of the Court which begins on 6 March, 2017 in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania.

For the first time in the history of the Court, there will be five female judges sitting on the 11-member court. The increased number of female Judges is the fulfilment of the adequate representation provided for in Article 12(2) and Article 14(3) of the Protocol establishing the court.

In the 42nd Ordinary Session held in september, the session saw two new judges, Justice Ntyam Ondo Mengue from Cameroon and Justice Marie Thérèse Mukamulisa from Rwanda, sworn-in. The two were elected at July’s African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Court is composed of eleven judges, nationals of Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity. The Judges are elected for a period of six years and can be re-elected for second and final term of another six years. The Court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold Extra-Ordinary Sessions.

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