The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is in Zimbabwe for a two day visit at the invitation of the government to promote the Pan African judicial organ.

In a statement, head of delegation and president of the court, Justice Sylvain Oré said the visit will help raise awareness of the court’s existence.

Justice Ore said the visit is also meant to encourage African states to ratify the protocol establishing the court and make the declaration to allow individuals and others to have direct access.

During the mission, the delegation will pay courtesy calls on President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda.

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is a continental court established by African countries to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa.

It was established to complement and reinforce the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights as part of efforts to enhance the protection of human rights on the continent.

As of July this year the court had received 220 applications on cases which require its attention with 62 having been finalised.