Tanzania Judiciary Attends Fourth African Judicial Dialogue, Kampala 2019

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Under the auspices of the African Union and in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Uganda, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Court) organized the Fourth African Judicial Dialogue from 30 October to 1 November 2019 in Kampala, Uganda, under the theme: “Tackling Contemporary Human Rights Issues: the Role of the Judiciary in Africa”.
 
The overall objective of the Fourth African Judicial Dialogue was to identify the major human rights issues currently facing Africa and the role of the judiciary in addressing them.
 
Judicial authorities from the following Member States were represented at the Dialogue: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
 
The following institutions and organs of the African Union were represented at the Dialogue:
• the African Union Commission;
• the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child;
• the African Union Administrative Tribunal;
• the African Union Commission on International Law;
• the African Peer Review Mechanism; and
• the African Governance Architecture Secretariat
 
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Sub-Regional Courts in Africa, such as the Arab Magreb Union Court, the Economic and Customs Union of Central African States (CEMAC) Court, the East African Court of Justice, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Court we also represented. United Nations Agencies such as the OHCHR and UNESCO, as well as other stakeholders from the academia, human rights specialists, media organisations, civil society organisations and resource persons also attended the meeting. In total, the Fourth African Judicial Dialogue was attended by 435 participants from various walks of life in the judicial and human rights sectors on the continent.
 
After the opening ceremony, the Dialogue discussed the following topics through presentations to plenary and panel discussions: :
i. The problem of migration, internally displaced persons and refugees in Africa;
ii. The right to nationality and the problem of statelessness in Africa;
iii. Electoral petitions and human rights: the role of the judiciary;
iv. Terrorism and protection of human rights: the role of the judiciary;
v. Development and the rights of indigenous peoples.
 
We publish below a selection of papers and presentations as received by the Judiciary of Tanzania, who was represented at the forum by the Hon. Justice A. G. Mwarija, J.A.