From Arusha to Nouakchott: African Court Ships Special Mission to Mauritania

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in undertaking a three-day sensitization mission to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 15 to 17 August 2022.

The delegation from Arusha to Nouakchott is being led by the President of the Court, Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud.

The Court Mission also includes the Judge, Lady Justice Chafika Bensoula as well as some of the Court Registry staff.

‘’The mission is setting out to encourage Mauritania to deposit the Declaration to allow individuals to access the Court directly’’, stresses President Aboud.

Lady Justice Aboud explains that the success of the Court as a human rights protection mechanism requires a wider ratification of the Protocol by Member States.

“As well as their acceptance of the competence of the Court, by making the declaration under.”

Apparently, the ‘universal,’ ratification gives the Court the legitimacy needed to effectively discharge its mandate, she said.

Mauritania acceded to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 14 December 2005 but is yet to deposit the Declaration under Article 34(6).

The States that have deposited the Declaration so far are Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mali, Niger and Tunisia.

Operating from Arusha, in Tanzania, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The Continental Institution of Justice complements 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.

As the delegation from the court’s seat in Arusha travels to Mauritania, the main objective of the sensitization visits targets to enhance the protection of human rights around the entire continent. 

Officially known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the sovereign state is located in Northwest Africa.

Mauritania on the African map

Mauritania is the eleventh largest country in Africa, with 90 percent of its territory being situated in the Sahara.

The country borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north and northwest, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, and Senegal to the southwest.