Liberia Sits On ECOWAS Court Bench

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Liberia’s former Solicitor General M. Wilkins Wright (R) will serve along with six other judges from Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau,Guinea, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal on the ECOWAS Court Bench

Seven new judges of the Community Court of Justice, including Liberia’s former Solicitor General Cllr. Mr. Micah Wilkins Wright, were sworn in on Wednesday, June 18, at a ceremony presided over by the Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama.

The state-run Liberia News Agency, quoting a release from the ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, reported that the 44th Summit of regional leaders held in Yamoussoukro last February approved the judges’ appointments following the submission of the report of the regional Judicial Council charged with the recruitment of judges of the court.

They are Mr. Jerome Traore (Burkina Faso), Mrs. Maria Do Cue Montero Silva (Guinea Bissau); Mr. Yaya Boiro (Guinea), Mr. Micah Wilkins Wright (Liberia), Mr. Hameye Foune Mahlmadane (Mali), Mr. Friday Chijioke Nwoke (Nigeria), and Mr. Alioune Sall (Senegal).

They replace their colleagues from Member States whose tenures have expired.

The original mandate of the court, which became operational in 2001, covers interpretation and application of community texts and human rights.

It also plays the role of arbitration and serves as a public service court for the community on matters between the community and its staff.

 

 

 

 

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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