Democracy, Law & Human Rights
Agenda 2063 envisions a continent in which there is a universal culture of good governance, democratic values, gender equality, and respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law. The AU works with member states to develop and implement policies that aim to building strong well governed institutions and enact laws that will ensure Africa’s citizens are fully engaged and involved in policy making and development initiates and that these citizens are provided the safe and secure environments in which to live.
The AU has ensured that various treaties and policies are put in place to ensure good governance as well as the protection of civil liberties and the preservation of rights of African citizens . AU treaties on the right of persons include the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, African Youth Charter and the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa.
The Judicial, Human Rights & Legal Organs of the AU have been established to support the implementation of good governance and respect for human rights on the continent. They include the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), AU Commission on International Law (AUCIL), AU Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)
The Department of Political Affairs is responsible for promoting, facilitating, coordinating and encouraging democratic principles and the rule of law, respect for human rights, participation of civil society in the development process of the continent and the achievement of durable solutions for addressing humanitarian crises. The department also coordinates the implementation of the African Governance Architecture as well as implementing sustainable solutions to humanitarian and political crises including preventive diplomacy.
- January 20, 2022
August 02, 2021
A handy reference guide that provides key information about the AU System.
March 22, 2021
Theme: ‘Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want’
February 16, 2021
"Levers for Building the Africa We Want"
- February 03, 2021
November 13, 2020
Youth Silencing the Guns Intergenerational Dialogues: Policy Report 2020
September 30, 2020
As of 21 September 2020
AU STATUTORY MEETINGS From 30 September to 22 October 2020
- July 13, 2020
- July 07, 2020
June 16, 2020
1. The AU needs adequate, reliable and predictable resources to implement its programmes so as to achieve its development and integration goals. Successive Summits of the AU have since 2015, taken financial reform decisions, to ensure there is sound and predictable finances to address the historical challenges the African Union has faced. These are;
June 10, 2020
This report is authored by the African Peer Review Mechanism, a specialised entity of the African Union, in collaboration with the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. It is a bi-annual publication on developments and trends in the area of sovereign credit rating services by international rating agencies among African countries.
- June 01, 2020
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