African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights is a court established in 2006 by African countries to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. It complements and reinforces the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.  The Court may receive complaints and/or applications submitted to it either by the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights or State parties to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, or African Intergovernmental Organizations. Non-Governmental Organizations with observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights can also institute cases directly before the Court. The seven countries that have made a Declaration accepting the jurisdiction of the Court (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi,Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania and Republic of Cote d'Ivoire) may institute cases directly before the Court as well.