The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, is a regional court established with Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights by the Organization of African Union to promote the protection of human rights in Africa. The Court is located in Arusha, Tanzania and started its function in 2004. The Court consists of 11 judges, elected to fulfill their duties for a six-year term. Its jurisdiction contains deciding on contentious matters and giving advisory opinions according to the Charter and the Protocol. Sources of the Court are given as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other international human rights declarations or treateas ratified by applicant and respondant states.

 

Crospery Gabriel, Ernest Mutakyawa v. The United Republic of Tanzania

The legacy of Model Courts of Justice will witness the first simulation of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in its ninth session. The Court will hear a contentious matter on the subject of death penalty given by the trial court in the United Republic of Tanzania. On the matter, the Court, unanimously, gave an interim measure ordering the United Republic of Tanzania to refrain from executing death penalty sentence. Underlining the significance of providing evidences without reasonable doubt in giving Capital punishments, judges of the Court will examine whether to intervene to the sentence of death penalty given to applicants Crospery Gabriel and Ernest Mutakyawa by the United Republic of Tanzania.

Under Secretary-General: Zainab Khudhur