, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – Germany has commended the work of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and assured it of its support for its activities.
Speaking while visiting the Arusha-based Court as part of his five-day official visit to the United Republic of Tanzania, German President Joachim Gauck stated that the Court’s pioneering work to strengthen justice and democracy on the continent was laudable.
He stated that the Court deserved all the necessary support to achieve its goals.
He was responding to the welcoming remarks from the President of the African Court Justice Augustino Ramadhani, where he stated that he had decided to visit the Court because of its successful work.
President Gauck added that he was impressed by the Court’s recent decision regarding freedom of press in the case of Burkina Faso’s journalist Lohé Issa Konaté.
The African Court’s President Justice Ramadhani hailed the excellent support the Court enjoys from the German government through its International Development Agency (GIZ).
‘’The Court is a key partner in the GIZ-funded Africa Governance Architecture (AGA) programme and we believe that through the AGA, the vision of the Court of an Africa with a viable human rights culture will be attained,’’ he said.
The President of Germany was warmly received at the seat of the Court by President Justice Ramadhani, Justice Gérard Niyungeko and other senior members of the staff.