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The members of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights met in Arusha from September 17 to 28.
Discussions covered the Court’s Rules of Procedure, which are yet to be finalised.
The African Union is yet to finalise the draft single legal instrument to establish the above court, which integrates the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and the African Court of Justice (the protocol establishing this court is not in force).
A decision was taken in 2004 to integrate the courts following a concern raised on the lack of sufficient resources to fund Africa's institutions.
Two meetings were held since that decision resulting in the draft single legal instrument.
Members of the Court include Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria), Gerard Niyungeko (Burundi - and president), Modibo Tounty Gouindo (Mali -deputy president), El Hadji Guisse (Senegal), George Kanyiehamba (Uganda), Bernard Ngoepe (South Africa), Jean Emile Somda (Burkina Faso), Hamdi Faraj Fanoush (Libya), Kelle Justina Mafoso-Guni (Lesotho), and Sophia Akuffo (Ghana).
Minister of Justice and attorney's general and members of the Permanent Representatives Committee of the African Union are to meet in Arusha in early November 2007 to finalise the document.
In addition, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights will be meeting for its forty second session in Brazzaville, the Congo, from November 14 to 28.
This year marks the twentieth year of the Commission's existence and the twenty-fifth year of the adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.