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African Rights Court to train lawyers to represent indigent Applicants

In a bid to facilitate the representation of their clients effectively; the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) has embarked on training lawyers.

Over 50 lawyers registered with the African Court to represent indigent Applicants will undergo a three-day training from August 5 – 7, 2019, at the Seat of the Court in Arusha, Tanzania, according to president of the court.

The training will be the third conducted by the Court. The first was held in August 2017 where over 40 lawyers attended the training.

According to the President of the AfCHPR, Hon. Justice Sylvain Oré, the training is aimed at equipping the lawyers with the Court’s judicial aspects and also update them on the legal aid scheme.

Currently over 100 African lawyers have registered with the Court to represent indigent Applicants.

The AfCHPR was established by virtue of 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, 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 Extra-Ordinary Sessions. As at 20 July 2019, the Court had received 220 applications of which 62 have been finalised.

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