By Najibu Mulema
The coalition for an effective African court on human and people’s rights has urged African states to ratify existing African union human rights instruments.
This comes in a wake of a number of African countries opting to withdraw frim the International Criminal Court(ICC) including Burundi, South Africa and Gambia.
The coalition says it recognises the need for African states to secure access to justice for citizens and to strengthen the various African human rights mechanism in order to guarantee victims rights and access to justice.Some of the existing African Union(AU) human rights instruments yet to be ratified by other African countries include the protocol to African charter on human and people’s rights on the establishment of an African court on humans and people’s rights.
To date,out of the 54 AU member states, the protocol has been ratified by only 30 countries including Uganda.