Court begins hearing in case filed by 2 Malian associations contesting ECOWAS sanctions against Mali


THE ECOWAS Court of Justice will on Friday, 25th September 2020 begin hearing of two interlocutory applications in a case instituted by two associations in Mali against the ECOWAS Commission and the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.

According to the statement by the Court, the case is challenging the legality of the 18th August 2020 sanctions imposed on the Republic of Mali, following the military coup against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

In the interlocutory application filed by the Malian Coalition and the Consumers Association of Mali, both registered in the country, the associations are asking for the orders of the Court suspending the sanctions, which were announced by the ECOWAS Commission and for the accelerated hearing of the substantive suit challenging the sanctions.

In suit no ECW/CCJ/APP/36/20, the two associations claimed that the President of the Commission acted ultra vires in imposing the sanctions, as the procedure was not in conformity with the relevant ECOWAS texts under which sanctions should be brought against Member States for failure to honour their obligations to the Community as this is reserved for Heads of State and Government of the Community.

The plaintiffs who are being represented by Mr Modibo Diakite, Mr Oumar Tounkara, Abdrahamane Diallo. Maxime Poma and the law firm of SCP d'Avocats DO-FINI CONSULT claimed that the sanctions, which were enforced by neighbours Cote d’Ivoire and Niger with the closure of their borders, are negatively impacting on a population already ‘bruised by insecurity, the Covid-19 pandemic as well as poor governance.”

In the initiating application filed before the Court on 9 th September 2020, the associations claimed that the sanctions constitute not only the violation of the right of the people of Mali to the freedom of movement guaranteed in ECOWAS texts but also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the economic, social and cultural rights of Malian citizens in the Community as well as their right to nondiscrimination.

Among the reliefs sought is an order for the payment of compensation for prejudices suffered in the sum of 1,000,000 CFA francs for each individual, another 10,000,000 CFA francs for each legal person as well as the payment of the same amount for the violation of human rights.

The associations also prayed the court to order the state of Cote d’Ivoire to pay a symbolic 1 CFA to the plaintiffs for the violation of their human rights through the discriminatory treatment of Malians.

A three-member panel of the court comprising Honorable Justices Dupe Atoki (presiding), Keikura Bangoura, and Januária Tavares Silva Moreira Costa will hear the case.

The proceeding can be followed via “Zoom” using the ID: 849 4983 1562 with the passcode: 650799 on Friday, 25th September 2020 by 10 am


– Sept. 25, 2020 @ 08:15 GMT |

Click Banner for Details