African Court suspends its 56th ordinary session due to coronavirus

26Mar 2020
Correspondent
Arusha
The Guardian
African Court suspends its 56th ordinary session due to coronavirus

THE African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), which began its 56th Ordinary Session on 2 March 2, this year at its Seat in Arusha has cut-short its proceedings on Friday, because of the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Session was due to end on 27 March 2020.

President of the African Court, Justice Sylvain Oré.

The President of the African Court, Justice Sylvain Oré, said that the measure was absolutely necessary to prevent any risk of contracting COVID-19 by the Judges and the staff.

"The court has decided to act decisively in the interest of health and safety of all Judges, Staff and residents of Arusha and beyond,’’ he stressed.

Among other emergency measures adopted by the court, he said, was to decongest the court by ordering all non-essential staff to work from home and key departments with limited staff to carry out their duties on shift-basis until further notice.

The president of the court has urged the staff to take maximum precaution during this difficult period by ensuring that they adhere to all hygienic conditions, including use of sterilisers, frequently wash their hands and abstain from crowded places, among others.

The court is composed of eleven Judges, nationals of the Member States of the African Union elected in their individual capacity.

The court meets four times a year in Ordinary Sessions and may hold Extra-Ordinary Sessions.