ARUSHA, TANZANIA-- The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR) has organized a three-day training programme for lawyers registered with it to represent indigent applicants appearing before the court.
The pan-African court's Registry said in a statement that the training would take place from July 9 to 11 at the seat of the Court in Arusha in northern Tanzania and would be attended by more than 30 lawyers. This is the second training session conducted by the Court after the first one held in August last year attended by more than 40 lawyers.
The President of the AfCHPR, Justice Sylvain Ore, said the training is aimed at equipping the lawyers with the Court's judicial aspects and also update them on the legal aid scheme, adding that it would help the lawyers to represent their clients more effectively.
Currently, 74 African lawyers have registered with the Court to represent indigent applicants.
The AfCHPR was established under Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.
The Court is composed of eleven Judges, who are nationals of Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity. It meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold extraordinary sessions.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK