Shein: Good governance, human rights are mutually reinforcing

12Nov 2019
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
Shein: Good governance, human rights are mutually reinforcing

ZANZIBAR President, Dr Ali Mohammed Shein has insisted that all countries must respect human rights if they are serious in cultivating peace, harmony and development.

Dr Ali Mohammed Shein


The Isles’ head of state said when receiving a delegation   from  Arusha-based African Court on Human and People’s Rights when they paid courtesy call at the Zanzibar’s State House.

The African Court Judges led by the institution’s President, Justice Sylvain Oré, had paid a courtesy call on the President of Zanzibar, and during the discussions, the President of Zanzibar underscored the importance of human rights as a prerequisite for peace and stability, adding that Zanzibar has attached special importance to it.

Apparently, the African Court is holding its 55th Ordinary Session from the 4th 4 to the 29th of November this year as well as the 10th Extra-Ordinary Session from 2nd to 7th December in Zanzibar.

Dr Shein pointed out that there cannot be any development without peace and stability. This, he said, has resulted in enormous economic, social and political achievements on the Islands.

“The success has also been contributed by the independence enjoyed by the three arms of government (the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary), which complement each other in the functions of state,’’ he said.

Dr Shein told the delegation that he was pleased to receive the Court officials assuring them of the support of his government to ensure that the Sessions were conducted smoothly, and encouraged the Judges and staff to visit the many attractions in Zanzibar.

On his part, the Court’s President, Justice Oré thanked the Zanzibar government for hosting the sessions and especially for its commitment to peace, unity and the protection of human rights.

‘’The Court’s decision to hold the Sessions in Zanzibar is testimony of Zanzibar’s peace and stability and affirms the latter’s commitment to respect for human rights and the dignity of the human being”, Justice Oré said.

The African Court is composed of eleven Judges, nationals of 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.

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