ECOWAS COURT SEEKS SPEEDY ROAD FROM MEMBER STATES

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THE UNREMORSEFUL TYRANT

THE GAMBIA’S UNREMORSEFUL TYRANT

The ECOWAS Court of Justice, a  Regional bloc high court has sort a speedy road for justice from its member state governments to ensure peace and stability in the region.

The call was made by the President of the Ecowas Community Court of Justice, Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Montero who has listed the challenges facing the court among the 15 member states in the sub-region.

She made these comments at Owerri on Monday at  the opening session of a five-day seventh judicial retreat which is currently underway  in Nigeria with the theme: ‘The procedure and practice before the court-which improvements after a decade of the existence of the court?’ She listed the challenges to include the new socio-cultural context of West Africa; training and recruitment of human resources; challenges resulting from the means to secure access to justice among others.

 She also pledged the commitment of the court’s college of judges with the support of the employees of the community and other members of her team in handling the challenges. She urged governments of the affected 15 countries in the West African bloc to support the institution in handling the adjudication of cases of human rights violation. She lamented limited resources militating against the court, adding that the court has moved its sitting to some member countries as required.

Although the president did not mentioned countries, but human rights groups and International communities have singled out Gambia as the worst in  human rights abuses, lack of democracy and good governance.

In recent years ECCOWAS Court had summoned Gambia government to the regional court  on the case of Chief Ebrima Manneh and Musa Saidyjhan, but the government failed to answer to the court.


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