Tanzania’s Zanzibar president urges African judiciaries to promote access to justice

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Tanzania’s Zanzibar President Hussein Ali Mwinyi has urged African judiciaries to promote access to justice, a critical human rights to development, the East African Community (EAC) said in a statement late Tuesday.

Opening a three-day first Tripartite Judicial Dialogue in Zanzibar on Tuesday, President Mwinyi said the objectives of the judiciaries are to enhance the promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights through effective collaboration between the continental and regional courts and to encourage exchange on judicial issues.

“Let me share the sentiments and expectations of ordinary citizens about the manner in which judges and courts should discharge their duties. The most relevant maximum in this respect, is that justice must be done but it must also be seen to be done,” said President Mwinyi.

“The rulings that you make today will determine the fates of future generations of Africans on issues as diverse as health, economics, sociology, politics and even religion,” he said.

Justice Imani Aboud, President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights that is based in Tanzania, said that judicial dialogue has become a critical tool to achieve justice in an increasingly globalized world.

Aboud said recent developments in Africa’s social-political and legal landscape unequivocally demand that African leaders reaffirmed their commitments to justice, whether to terrorism, armed conflicts, famine, political violence, under-development or poverty.

“We as judges and courts need to engage in consistent trading of legal and judicial solutions,” she said. Enditem

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