KAMPALA – Leaders of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights have called on president Museveni to deposit a declaration with the court in order to enable Ugandans address their human rights issues.
The call has been made on Wednesday 30 by the African court president Justice Sylvian Ore at the Speke Resort Munyonyo as judges from the 55 African Union states are converged for the 4th Edition of the Dialogue on the African Court on Human and people’s rights officiated by President Museveni.
“The manner of sanctioning violations of these rights and the quality of the people who decide are all marks of this universality,” Justice Sylvain said.
He explained that wisdom, reserve, ponderation, independence, competence and application of the law are the common features by which users recognise any judicial system.
Justice Sylvian also urged the members not to allow their solidarity be cloaked in legal exchanges but it must also be humane.
Records from the court’s registry in Arusha Tanzania show that Uganda is among the 21 countries that have ratified the charter to operationalise the African Court on peoples’ rights but has not yet deposited a declaration for its citizens to access the services of the court.
However, in his opening remarks to the delegates, Museveni has advised the justices to always keep African cultural practices in mind as they are at the front of formulating laws.
The President has emphasised the need to have a regional integration for mass production to quicken economic development in order to cope up with the fundamental problems of man.
At the said dialogue, the judges are expected to share experiences on how they handle various human rights issues in their respective countries.
Among the issues to be tackled, is the problem of migration and refugees in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, the issue of nationality in Africa, Terrorism and Developments of the rights of Indigenous people.
The three-day dialogue is being held under the theme ” Tackling Conteporary Human Rights Issues: The role of the Judiciary in Africa.