19 août 2011

"Manifestly inadmissible" policy of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, Amare v Mozambique & Mozambique Airlines, 005/2011

Two Ethiopians travelled to Maputo (Mozambique), but the Mozambique Airlines flight landed in Pemba, the officers allegedly stole USD 1000 from them, required bribes, and then sent to Dar-es-Salaam. The Tanzanian authorities re-sent them back to Mozambique. After the 26 days adventure they were repatriated to Ethiopia. The 2 men ask the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights to order Mozambique to pay them back USD 1000. The latter Government did not make a declaration entitling individuals to institute cases directly.

The application is "manifestly inadmissible". However what does the Court do? On its own initiative, it forwards the case to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. This is something that you will hardly find in Europe.

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