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International Human Rights Law in Judicial Practice: IHRDA / ANDDH Organize Refresher Course for Niger Magistrates

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Banjul, 13 August 2018

The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), in collaboration with Association Nigérienne de Défense des Droits de L’Homme (ANDDH), is organizing a refresher course from 13-14 August 2018 for twenty-five Magistrates in Niger, with focus on the application of international human rights law in judicial practice.

The course that was opened by a representative of the Niger Minister of Justice seeks to underscore the role of the judiciary in the fulfillment of Niger’s international human rights obligations, and to strengthen the technical capacity of Magistrates on the application of international human rights standard in the domestic setting.

Discussions touch on human rights protection in the ECOWAS sub-region, in Africa and internationally; application of international standards in Niger; the provisions of major regional and international human rights interments applicable in Niger, and the protection of vulnerable groups, such as children and women. Participants will also treat a hypothetical case to demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired during the course.

This activity falls within a context of reported human rights violations in Niger, with increasing need for the judiciary to adequately respond to such violations and ensure justice for persons involved.

This course is expected to contribute to instilling a human rights culture in the Niger judiciary.

The activity is funded by National Endowment for Democracy, USA.