THE AU CONSOLIDATES DEMOCRACY, HUMAN AND PEOPLE’S RIGHTS ON THE CONTINENT
The African Union Leadership Academy (AULA) in collaboration with Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission has taken steps towards promoting democratic governance and human rights on the continent by sensitizing over sixty (60) Members of Parliament from the Committee on Rules and Justice and Human Rights. "The selection of these participants is strategic as they are key players in promoting the principles and commitments described in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG),"says Dr. Muna Abdalla, Manager of the AULA.
In line, with Aspiration 3 of Agenda 2063 “Africa is of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law,” the workshop addressed the role of Parliaments in the promotion of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. To this date, forty- five (45) out of the fifty- five (55) Member States of the AU have signed the ACDEG. However, so far, only one country has submitted a national report on the implementation of the principles and commitments enshrined in the Charter. "We must keep strengthening Member States' commitment to adopt and implement the ACDEG. This Charter is a guarantor of peace-based democratic culture in Africa," emphasized, Dr Khabele Matlosa, Director of the African Union's Department of Political Affairs.
As one of AULA’s core programmes, which is to sensitize Member States on AU Legal instruments, this workshop drew attention on the ACDEG as a tool that embraces core principles regarding periodical, free and transparent elections; respect for human rights; and denunciation of unconstitutional change of government. Its adoption and implementation will contribute to the continent’s efforts aim at achieving desired goals in governance, democracy, and respect for human rights and justice.