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Arusha: Public Hearing on the Norbert Zongo and Others Case

5 December 2013 at 19:24 | 696 views

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights held a public hearing in respect of Application No. 013/2011 - The Beneficiaries of the late Norbert Zongo, Abdoulaye Nikiema alias Ablassé, Ernest Zongo, Blaise Ilboudo, and the Burkinabe Movement for Human and Peoples’ Rights (Applicants) vs. the Republic of Burkina Faso (Respondent), on 28 - 29 November 2013, at the seat of the Court, in Arusha, Tanzania.

The matter relates to the alleged assassination in 1998 of Mr Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist and his companions, Abdoulaye Nikiema alias Ablassé, Ernest Zongo, Blaise ILBOUDO, as well as his brother Ernest Zongo, and alleges violation of Articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Articles 2 (3), 14 and 19 (2) of theInternational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc. by the Republic of Burkina Faso.

The Applicants are represented by Messrs. Anselm Odinkalu CHIDI, Ibrahima KANÉ and Bénéwéndé Stanislas SANKARA, while the Respondent is represented by Legal Representatives of the Government of the Republic of Burkina, namely Advocates Antoinette N. OUEDRAOGO and Anicet Pascal SOMÉ.

Members of the public and the media attended the public hearing at the Court’s premises (Kibo Hall), located in the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Conservation Centre (Close to TANAPA Office), Dodoma Road, on 28-29 November 2013.