African Court in Arusha celebrates 10 years

Symposium to mark decade of African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) in Arusha celebrates its tenth anniversary with a two-day symposium on 21 and 22 November.

The event, which is being attended by 150 delegates, will assess the work of the AfCHPR over the last decade "with a view to making recommendations that will enhance the effectiveness of the court for the future", according to its president Mr Justice Sylvain Ore.

The court was established in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in 2006 by the African Union (AU) to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. It moved to its Arusha base in 2007.

The Arusha court complements the role played by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), which was established in Addis Ababa in 1987 but was subsequently transferred to Banjul in The Gambia.