The African Court on Human and People’s Rights 2024 judicial year opens today in Arusha, the seat of the court in the United Republic of Tanzania.
The ceremony is expected to be graced by dignitaries across the continent including Tanzanian government.
Others expected to grace the occasion are stakeholders from regional and sub-regional courts, human rights groups, African Union organs, Academics, lawyers, Non-governmental organizations among others.
The 72nd Ordinary Session with the theme “Enhancing the Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights with an emphasis on the Right to Education” will commence via a solemn ceremony it was learnt.
According to a statement made available to Blueprint by the Registrar of the Court, Dr. Robert Eno, the ceremony will be graced by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat and the Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Justin Muturi, on behalf of His Excellency Dr William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya.
The statement reads: “Over 200 delegates drawn from various institutions and organizations are expected to attend the ceremony. These include representatives of African Union Member States, Regional and Sub-Regional Courts, African Union organs with a human rights mandate, African Union Ambassadors accredited to Tanzania, members of the judicial corps of Tanzania, representatives of Bar Associations, civil society organisations, members of the academia, members of the media and other stakeholders involved in the work of the Court and the protection of human rights on the continent.
“The ceremony will commence with a solemn procession of Honourable Judges of the African Court from 10:30AM East African Time (EAT) and will be live-streamed.
“The solemn ceremony of the Opening of the 2024 Judicial Year marks the commencement of the 72nd Ordinary Session of the Court, scheduled to run up to 8 March 2024 at its Seat in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania.”