African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR)

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1998-06 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso


Established Jun 1998, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), on signature of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, adopted by Member States of the then H-XD3027 - Organization of African Unity (OAU). Protocol entered into force 25 Jan 2004. First Judges elected Jan 2006, Khartoum (Sudan); sworn in before the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of D-XD8572 - African Union (AU), 2 Jul 2006, Banjul (Gambia). Will merge with F-XJ0151 - Court of Justice of the African Union, when Protocol on the Statute of J-XM8539 - African Court of Justice and Human Rights enters into force, merging both courts into a single court.


Complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights; take final and binding decisions on human rights violations.


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Composed of 11 Judges, nationals of Member States of the African Union, elected in their individual capacity by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union for a period of 6 years, and may be re-elected once.


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