AU meeting on the human rights strategy for Africa “Making the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Africa a Reality”

AU website. The African Union (AU) will hold the second meeting of its organs on the human rights strategy for Africa, in Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia from 10 to 12 May 2010. The meeting is holding at the margins of the 47th session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

The first meeting dedicated to the Human rights strategy for Africa in March 2009, concluded that the African Union Commission (AUC) should finalise the mapping document on the human rights landscape in Africa, and prepare a draft framework of the human rights strategy.

In this regard, the forthcoming meeting will incorporate inputs from the AU organs and other experts and stakeholders on the mapping document and consider steps taken to implement the recommendations of the first meeting. The forthcoming meeting will also come up with modalities for the development of the Human Rights Strategy for Africa as well as the Mapping document on the human rights landscape in Africa.

With regards to results, the meeting is expected to adopt the mapping document and the draft framework. AU organs should also commit themselves to the process of developing the Strategy as stated by the Department of Political Affairs of the AU. Lastly, the meeting will provide the basis for collective reflection on the theme of the January 2011 AU Summit, Shared Values. The Shared Values are the third pillar of the Strategic Plan of the AUC for 2009-2010. Under Shared values, Africa seeks to promote existing and agreed values across the continent. These values include good governance, democracy, respect of human rights, accountability and transparency.

For further information, please contact Ms Yaye Nabo Sene at seney@africa-union.org or epsilone10@gmail.com

Source: http://www.africa-union.org/root/ua/Actualites/2010/mai/PR%20ENG%20HUMAN%20RIGHTS%20STRATEGY%20FOR%20AFRICA%20-%206-06-10.doc

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