JUDGMENT Introduction 1. The Applicant herein is the Democratic Party, a political organization in the Republic of Uganda registered under the Political Parties’ and Organizations Act, 2005. It has sued the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Respondents in their capacities as principal legal advisers to their respective governments and vicariously liable for their actions while the 1st Respondent has been sued in his capacity as the officer mandated by the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (“the Treaty”) to supervise the implementation of the said Treaty. 2. The Reference principally challenges the alleged failure by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Respondents to make individual country declarations in acceptance of the competence of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights in line with Articles 5(3) and 34(6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and People’s Rights (hereinafter referred to as “the Protocol” and “the African Court’’ ,respectively). It is urged that the alleged failure to do so is an infringement of Articles 5, 6, 7(2), 8(1)(c), 126 and 130 of the Treaty and Articles 1, 2, 7, 13, 26, 62, 65 and 66 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (“the African Charter”) and the Protocol aforesaid. It is further urged that the said actions were a violation of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, 1969. 3. In that regard, the following declaratory orders are sought by the Applicant: 2|Page

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