- Established by African countries, the AfCHPR serves as a continental Court dedicated to ensuring the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa
ARUSHA- The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) has announced that economic and cultural rights will take center stage during the opening of its 2024 Judicial Year, which will be commemorated in Arusha on Monday. Under the theme ‘Enhancing the Justiciability of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights with emphasis on Education,’ the solemn ceremony marks the commencement of the Court’s 72nd Ordinary session.
This significant event, scheduled to convene at the Court premises, will witness the distinguished presence of Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), marking the first time such high-level representation graces the occasion. Additionally, Justin Muturi, the Attorney General of Kenya, will attend, representing President William Ruto.
Over 200 delegates from various regional and continental bodies are expected to participate, including representatives from African Union member states, regional and sub-regional courts, and AU organs with human rights mandates.
The diverse gathering will also include representatives from Civil Society Organisations, academia, media, and other stakeholders. The Court’s adoption of the theme aligns with the AU’s commitment to education, as articulated during the 36th Ordinary Session of the AU heads of state and government in the preceding year.
Stressing the fundamental nature of economic, social, and cultural rights for the development of Africans, the Court reiterated the necessity to safeguard these rights, distinct from civil and political rights, as outlined in the African Human and Peoples’ Charter. Established by African countries, the AfCHPR serves as a continental Court dedicated to ensuring the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. Comprising eleven Judges elected in their individual capacity from Member States of the African Union, the Court operates from its headquarters in Arusha Tanzania