Towards the operationalization of ECCAS Court of Justice

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ECCAS Commissioner for Human Development, Yvette Kapinga

Kinshasa, October 17th, 2022 (CPA) – The Commissioner for Human Development of DRC at the Central African Economic Community (ECCAS), Mrs. Yvette Kapinga, announced the implementation of a normative legal framework leading operationalization of ECCAS Court of Justice.

This recommendation was formulated by the participants in the first biennial of the culture of peace, of ECCAS, and to incorporate in this institution, the committee of wise men and the Network of women mediators of Central Africa as well as the coalition youth for peace in the region, to facilitate their work in the culture of peace.

On this occasion, she encouraged ECCAS to initiate advocacy and actions aimed at leading all States to ratify the « Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition, Parts and components that can be used for their manufacture, repair and assembly, known as the “Kinshasa Convention”.

The participants also expressed the wish for the establishment within ECCAS of an Economic and Social Commission on the model of the Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC), the African Union (AU) with the collaboration and mobilization of civil society actors as well as the creation of a platform between the Peace and Security Council of Central Africa (COPAX) in synergy with civil society, according to the model of the « Livingston of AU.

Some opinions of the participants in these meetings

One of the participants in this meeting expressed their opinions. These include Mrs. Francine Pemba who pleaded for all peace-loving actors to be able to get involved and seek ways to participate, and to help decision-makers make decisions that are applicable and appreciated by all.

« Our contribution lies in the writing and popularization of texts, » she said.

It should be noted that the 1st Biennial for the Culture of Peace of ECCAS was organized in Kinshasa, from October 14th to 15th, under the high patronage of DRC and current President of ECCAS, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), placed under the theme: « African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA@20): Challenges and prospects for silencing the guns in Central Africa: Retrospection and prospective analysis ». ACP/