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Second Training Session for Counsel on the Roster of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Arusha, 9 - 11 July 2018

Opening address by Judge Sylvain Oré on occasion of the second training session for counsel on the roster of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, Arusha, July 2018. 

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OPENING ADDRESS BY JUDGE SYLVAIN ORÉ,

PRESIDENT

OF THE AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS

 

African Court Delivers a Landmark Decision on Statelessness

IN what is being hailed as a “monumental” decision for the continent, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has ruled that Tanzania arbitrarily deprived a man of his Tanzanian nationality. The judgment, likely to affect many “stateless” people in Africa, stipulates that a decision to strip someone of nationality may only be taken after a fair judicial process, and that arbitrary deprivation is in breach of the University Declaration of Human Rights.

WHEN Anudo Anudo went to his local police station to sort out all the papers he needed to get married, he could not have guessed that he was about to have his nationality taken away, be made stateless – and then become the unlikely hero of a landmark decision by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Indigenousness and peoples’ rights in the African human rights system: situating the Ogiek judgement of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Ricarda Rösch's article discusses the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights first indigenous rights case dealing with the expulsion of the Ogiek from their ancestral lands in the Kenyan Mau forest. The article highlights the judgement’s most interesting features in light of the ongoing debates surrounding indigenousness and indigenous rights in Africa. 

 

 

In May 2017, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights delivered its first indigenous rights case dealing with the expulsion of the Ogiek from their ancestral lands in the Kenyan Mau forest. The article highlights the judgement’s most interesting features in light of the ongoing debates surrounding indigenousness and indigenous rights in Africa.

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