The Prime Minister of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Bilal told the visiting President of the African Court Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud and her delegation in Nouakchott over the weekend that his country will soon allow citizens to access the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
‘’I am convinced that Mauritania is on its right course to uphold human rights and will shortly deposit the Declaration to allow Mauritanians access the Court directly,’’ said Mohamed Ould Bilal the Prime Minister of Mauritania.
Mauritania received a delegation of the court and the country’s Prime Minister assured that Mauritania was committed to human rights and the rule of law. He said that he is optimistic that Mauritania will, as soon as possible, deposit the Declaration to allow individuals access the African Court directly.
The African Court delegation was in Mauritania for a three-day sensitisation mission to encourage the North- West African country to deposit the Declaration.
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania commended the work of the African Court in deepening human rights on the continent.
‘’Mauritania greatly appreciates the work of the Pan African Judicial Organ in protecting human rights on the continent’.”
The Court has a human rights protection mechanism that requires a wider ratification of the Protocol by Member States, as well as their acceptance of the competence of the Court, by making the declaration under Article 34(6).
Mauritania acceded to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 14 December 2005 but is yet to deposit the Declaration under Article 34(6).
The States that have deposited the Declaration so far are Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mali, Niger and Tunisia.
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.
Source: African Court.