News & Activites 31 March 2016
Pursuant to ICHR's legal mandate and its conviction that equality before the law through effective justice systems constitute the basis for good governance, ICHR monitors court cases and court decisions related to human rights as well as cases of public interest, especially in the High Court of Justice.
ICHR may intervene or initiate cases under the following circumstances:
· initiating cases on behalf of those who may be unable themselves to bring cases to protect their rights, for example, children, persons with mental disability and prisoners.
· initiating cases to challenge the legality of executive action and to obtain judicial orders to remedy the situation, particularly where the executive has ignored the NHRI's recommendations on the subject.
· intervening in cases to provide advice to the courts, such as amicus curiae briefs or third party interventions, without being a party to the case.
A prime example of intervention by ICHR was the public interest case in the High Court of Justice against the government for the unlawful screening and unfair dismissal of teachers, which was successfully concluded with the judgment of the full court of nineteen judges who found in favor of the ICHR's claim and ordered the re-instatement of the teachers who had been wrongly dismissed.