The African Bar Association (AFBA) hosted a conference in Harare, Zimbabwe from 4th to 7th of September where it announced and solidified its rebirth.
Tagged “Rebirth Conference”, the program was attended by lawyers, captains of business, interest groups and other platforms from within and outside Africa and was themed, ” The Rule Of Law: Sure Pathway To Africa’s Prosperity”.
Established in 1971, the African Bar Association aims to unite individual lawyers and National legal associations in Africa.
The conference which featured Judge Vavanethem Pillay as its keynote speaker, held 16 sessions which dealt with issues relating to the Rule of Law, Legal Practice, Business Development and Prosperity.
The AFBA headed by its President, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo, called on Governments across the continent to take urgent steps to prosecute human rights violations in their respective states and take their obligations under International Law seriously.
It also called on Lawyers across Africa to use public interest litigation as a tool for reminding Governments of their obligations to protect and defend the human rights of their citizens.
The association urged governments and Africans to actualize the Criminal Chambers of the African Criminal Court and asked states that have not ratified the protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to do so immediately.
In his speech, Chairman of AFBA’s governing council Chief Joseph Bodurin Daudu (SAN) noted that Africans still suffer serious economic wants, hunger, poverty and disease and that the African Bar Association has taken the lead in finding enduring solutions to some of the problems.
The Association among other decisions, resolved to requests the Namibian Government to ask Germany to accept responsibility for its past misdeeds and soothe Namibians with proportionate reparation, to urge governments in Africa to take the issue of women, children and minority rights seriously and immediately ratify or pass legislations that respects these rights and make enforcement rules and procedures user friendly.
It also agreed to request the Nigerian Government to ensure that all court orders are swiftly obeyed and that the Nigerian Judiciary should hold Judges accountable for breach of their oath of office.
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