PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 534TH MEETING

2015

Date |17 AUGUST, 2015
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

PRESS STATEMENT

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 534th meeting held on 17 August 2015, adopted the following press statement on the release of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, Chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services of the Republic of Rwanda.

Council welcomed the briefing provided by the representative of the Republic of Rwanda and recalled its communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(DXIX)] adopted at its 519th meeting, in which it strongly condemned the arbitrary arrest of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, in London, United Kingdom (UK) on 20 June 2015, while on official visit, on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by a Spanish Judge, as well as the blatant violation of the principle of universal jurisdiction by some non-African States against African Government officials and its implications for peace and security on the continent.

Council welcomed the dismissal of the extradition request against Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, following the determination by the Spanish authorities that Lieutenant General Karenzi had no case to answer.

Council expressed appreciation for the solidarity demonstrated by Member States with Rwanda, and reiterated the need to respect the sovereignty and dignity of the African Member States, as required by international law and conventions.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 547TH MEETING AT THE LEVEL OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT

2015

Date | 26, September 2015
New York, USA

COMMUNIQUE

he Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 547th meeting held on 26  September  2015,  at  the  level  of  Heads  of  State  and  Government,  adopted  the  following  decision on the situation in Western Sahara:

Council,

1. Takes note of the briefing by the Commission on the situation in Western Sahara;

2. Recalls  its  earlier  pronouncements  on  the  situation  in  Western  Sahara,  namely communiqué PSC/PR/COMM/1.(CDXCVI) and press statement PSC/PR/COMM.2(DII) adopted at its 496th and 503rd meetings held on 27 March and 30 April 2015, respectively;

3. Notes with deep concern that, in spite of the sustained efforts deployed, including by the successive Personal Envoys of the UN Secretary‐General, no progress has been made in the search for a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, which has been in a stalemate for more than four decades;

4. Reiterates  the  AU’s  commitment  to  continue  to  work  towards  the  early  resolution  of the conflict in Western Sahara on the basis of international legality and relevant OAU/AU decisions, and to cooperate closely with the United Nations (UN) to that end. In this respect, Council encourages the Chairperson of the Commission to pursue and intensify her efforts, including through her Special Envoy for Western Sahara, former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, towards the effective follow‐up of the relevant provisions of communiqué PSC/PR/COMM./1(CDXCVI);

5. Further  reiterates  the  call  made  by  the  Assembly  of  the  Union  in  paragraph  18  of decision Assembly/AU/Dec.583(XXV), adopted at its 25th Ordinary Session held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 14 to 15 June 2015, for the UN General Assembly to determine a date for the holding of the self‐determination referendum for the people of Western Sahara and protect the integrity of Western Sahara as a non‐self‐governing territory, bearing in mind the Advisory Opinion given by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 16 October 1975. Council requests the AU Group in New York to take the necessary follow‐up action;

6. Urges the UN Security Council to fully assume its responsibilities and take all necessary steps to expedite the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara, as well as effectively address the issues relating to the respect of human rights and the illegal exploitation of the Territory’s natural resources, bearing in mind the recent Legal Opinion by the AU Commission on the illegal exploitation of the mineral resources of Western Sahara;

7. Decides to remain seized of the situation.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 534TH MEETING

2015

Date | 17, August 2015
Addis Ababa

PRESS STATEMENT

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 534th meeting held on 17 August 2015, adopted the following press statement on the release of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, Chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services of the Republic of Rwanda.

Council welcomed the briefing provided by the representative of the Republic of Rwanda and recalled its communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(DXIX)] adopted at its 519th meeting, in which it strongly condemned the arbitrary arrest of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, in London, United Kingdom (UK) on 20 June 2015, while on official visit, on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by a Spanish Judge, as well as the blatant violation of the principle of universal jurisdiction by some non-African States against African Government officials and its implications for peace and security on the continent.

Council welcomed the dismissal of the extradition request against Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, following the determination by the Spanish authorities that Lieutenant General Karenzi had no case to answer.

Council expressed appreciation for the solidarity demonstrated by Member States with Rwanda, and reiterated the need to respect the sovereignty and dignity of the African Member States, as required by international law and conventions.


FOURTH MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONTACT GROUP FOR LIBYA

2015

Date | 12 June, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

CONCLUSIONS

1. The International Contact Group for Libya (ICG-L) convened its 4th meeting, at ministerial level in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 12 June 2015, on the margins of the 25th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government. The meeting was co-chaired by the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smaïl Chergui, the United Nations (UN) Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino Leon and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe, S.S. Mumbengegwi, as representative of the Chair of the Union. The list of countries and organizations that attended the meeting is indicated below1.

2. On the basis of the updates provided by the AU Commission, the UN Special Representative for Libya, Algeria, Egypt and Chad, on behalf of the Ministerial Committee of Libya’s Neighbors, as well as by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya, Participants reviewed the evolution of the situation in Libya since the 3rd meeting of the ICG-L, held in Niamey, Niger, on 1 April 2015. They also reviewed the efforts being made at regional, continental and international levels to end the violence afflicting Libya, as well as facilitate an inclusive political dialogue among the Libyan stakeholders, with the objective of ending violence, promoting national reconciliation and successfully completing the ongoing Transition, based on the preservation of Libya’s unity and territorial integrity, as well as on the respect of the will of the people.

3. Participants expressed their deep concern about the worsening scourge of terrorism in Libya. They condemned the activities of the Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups in Libya, as illustrated by the suicide bombings near Misrata, al-Qubba and Sirte, as well as by other atrocities, including the barbaric beheadings of Ethiopian and Egyptian Christians. Participants reaffirmed their total rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and the imperative need to collectively fight against this scourge. In this respect, they recalled the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

4. Participants also condemned the continuation of hostilities in parts of Libya and the attacks against civilians, as well as other violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. They reiterated their grave concern over the worsening humanitarian crisis, including internal displacements, clandestine migration and refugee flows to neighboring countries and across the Mediterranean Sea.

5. Participants expressed concern at the spread of criminal networks who are involved in human trafficking and smuggling. They underlined the need for a holistic and concerted approach, based on the respect of international, human rights and refugee law and close coordination among all relevant states and organizations, to address the issue of human trafficking and smuggling, including disrupting the activities of the criminal networks operating on the ground, as well as ensuring that those responsible for these acts are held accountable, promoting development and facilitating legal migration. Participants were informed of the convening of an AU Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety, which will provide an opportunity to discuss issues relating to human trafficking and smuggling.

6. Participants urged all Libyan stakeholders, irrespective of their differences, to unite their forces and engage more seriously on the path of dialogue and reconciliation, taking into account the urgency of the situation and the suffering inflicted on their people. They welcomed the ceasefire signed, on 2 June 2015, between the Tubu and Tuareg communities, as well as several others local ceasefires in Western Libya, and called for the immediate and unconditional cessation of hostilities by all parties concerned.

7. Participants, reaffirming once again that there can be no military solution to the conflict, called upon Libyan and regional stakeholders, as well as the armed belligerents, to completely reject the military option and genuinely commit to the conclusion of an agreement during the ongoing rounds of multi-track talks. In this regard, Participants expressed support to the UN-led political dialogue, under the facilitation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, aimed at establishing a Government of National Unity.

8. Participants welcomed the update by Special Representative Bernardino Leon on the ongoing Libyan political dialogue process, as well as the submission to the Libyan parties of the 4th draft political agreement, developed by the United Nations. They urged all concerned to positively consider the proposals contained therein and to engage constructively with the United Nations in the higher interest of the Libyan people.

9. Participants commended the efforts of the neighbouring countries in facilitating political consultations among the concerned Libyan stakeholders, with the objective of building further momentum for the UN-led political talks. These consultations include the second meeting of Libyan political parties and activists, held in Algeria, on 13 and 14 April 2015 and from 3 to 4 June 2015; the meeting of the representatives of Libyan women’s groups and women activists, who convened in Tunis, Tunisia, from 21 to 22 April 2015, and that of the municipal representatives on 28-29 May 2015; the ongoing consultations in Skhirat, Morocco; as well as the Conference of Libyan Tribes and Cities, which took place in Cairo, Egypt, from 27 to 28 May 2015.

10. Participants also welcomed the organization of 6th meeting of Libya’s neighboring countries, in N’Djamena, Chad, on 5 June 2015. They welcomed the final communiqué adopted on that occasion.

11. Participants welcomed the concerted efforts of the international community to speak with one voice. In this context, they reiterated their commitment to strengthen the ICG-L, in order to enhance coordination and sustain international engagement in Libya, bearing in mind the need to promote Libyan ownership. They took note of the proposal of Italy to host, in Rome, in due course, a ministerial conference in support of an agreement among the Libyan stakeholders.

12. Participants welcomed the commitment by the AU to enhance its role in the ongoing efforts and actively contribute to the mediation process, in accordance with its continental responsibilities in the promotion of peace and security in the continent. They commended the efforts of other international actors, including the League of Arab States and the European Union, emphasizing the need for close coordination and harmonization within the framework of the ICG-L.

13. Participants thanked the Government of South Africa and the AU Commission for all the arrangements made to ensure the successful convening of the 4th meeting of the ICG-L. They agreed to convene their next meeting in Madrid, Spain, at a date to be agreed upon through consultations.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 554TH MEETING

2015

Date | 03 November, 2015

COMMUNIQUE

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 554th meeting, held on 3 November 2015, adopted the following decision on the situation of refugees in the Dadaab camps in Kenya:

Council,

1. Takes note of the Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the refugee situation in Dadaab camps in Kenya [PSC/PR/2(DLIV)] and the briefing provided by Commission on the matter. Council also takes note of the statements made by the representatives of the Republic of Kenya and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);

2. Recalls its previous communiqués and press statements on the Republic of Kenya’s efforts in fighting al-Shabaab and its plan of relocating the Dadaab Refugee Camps, in particular, Press Statement PSC/PR/BR.(DXXXVII), adopted at its 537th meeting held on 24 August 2015, in which Council agreed to undertake further consultations on this issue with all concerned stakeholders, with a view to contributing to the search for a sustainable solution that would take into account Kenya’s overall national security concerns, whilst respecting relevant international and African instruments on refugees, and requested the Commission to submit to it a report on the issue, with recommendations on the way forward;

3. Reiterates its appreciation to the Government and people of Kenya for hosting large numbers of refugees in the country and particularly, at the Dadaab camps, since its establishment in 1990 despite the attendant security challenges. In this regard, Council appeals to the Government of the Republic of Kenya to continue extending necessary support to the refugees, while seeking a balanced and acceptable arrangement and in accordance with the Tripartite Agreement signed on 10 November 2013 between the Republic of Kenya, the Federal Government of Somalia and the UNHCR;

4. Notes with deep concern that the humanitarian character of the Dadaab refugee camps has been compromised by the activities of the al-Shabaab terrorist group which the Government of Kenya accuses of planning and launching attacks on Kenya from the camps, with the most recent being those perpetrated at Westgate Mall in Nairobi and Garissa University College in Northeastern Kenya. Council stresses that under no circumstances should refugee camps be used as places of recruitment or planning for illegal activities and radicalization leading to terrorist activities. In this regard, Council strongly condemns the use of refugee camps for such acts and warns those responsible that they will be accountable in accordance with the relevant provisions of both International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law. Council stresses the need for all concerned to extend the necessary support and cooperation to efforts aimed at preventing the use of refugee camps to plan and launch terrorist attacks and other criminal activities that may undermine and jeopardize the humanitarian character of the camps;

5. Acknowledges that no refugee camp should be permanent and reiterates its support to the Government of Kenya in its efforts to improve and strengthen security. Council once again underlines the importance of upholding relevant international and African instruments, including the 1951 United Nations (UN) Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 UN Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as the Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa;

6. Further Acknowledges that the Tripartite Agreement is a working and living Agreement to facilitate voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees and urges all parties to be fully committed to its implementation. Council however, expresses concern over the slow pace of repatriation and calls on all to expedite the process. To this end, Council further calls for a humane, safe and dignified repatriation process that takes into account the security and other humanitarian need of the returnees and urges UNHCR, with the support of all concerned to accelerate the process;

7. Stresses that the shouldering the burden of refugees is the responsibility of the international community and not individual countries alone. In this regard, Council strongly urges the international community to increase funding to Somalia, Kenya, UNHCR and other partners operating in Kenya and Somalia in order to enhance the implementation of the Tripartite Agreement;

8. Reiterates its deep concern at the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism and the resulting impact on peace and security on the continent. Council commends the work done by AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in a challenging environment and its continued commitment to the promotion of lasting peace, security, stability and reconciliation in Somalia. Council further appeals to partners to continue funding the activities of AMISOM to stabilize Somalia, a condition which will encourage Somali refugees to voluntarily return to their country. In this regard, Council also reiterates its appeal to the international partners to extend the necessary financial, logistical and technical support to the Federal Government of Somalia to strengthen its security forces and facilitate the effective delivery of the required social services, so as to create the conducive conditions for the voluntary and safe return of the Somali refugees;

9. Renews its appreciation to Kenya for its contribution to the AMISOM and the sacrifices made in the search for peace, security and stability in Somalia and in the region;

10. Decides that the Commission should urgently undertake a comprehensive technical assessment mission, to Dadaab refugee camps, which will cover both security and humanitarian concerns with a view to facilitate the search for a balanced solution. Council decides that such mission will include the Commission and other key stakeholders, namely Kenya, Somalia and the UNHCR , and that the Commission should submit to it a report on this matter, with recommendations on the way forward, during the month of January 2016;

11. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 450TH MEETING

2015

Date | 19 August, 2014

COMMUNIQUE

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union, at its 450th meeting held in Addis Ababa, on 19 August 2014, adopted the following decision on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa:

Council:

1. Takes note of the briefing made by the Commission, on the situation relating to the outbreak of Ebola in some countries in West Africa;

2. Expresses its deep concern at the current situation, and its full solidarity and support to the countries affected by this epidemic;

3. Recognizes the seriousness of the security implications of the current Ebola outbreak, and notes with concern that three of affected countries are in a post-conflict situation, and that the epidemic has the potential of undermining the tremendous progress made by these countries over the past few years. In this respect, Council calls for renewed efforts, both within Africa and from partners in combating the epidemic;

4. Recalls the relevant provisions of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, in particular, Article 6(f) relating to aspects of the mandate of the PSC with regard to humanitarian action and disaster management, as well as to the role of the African Standby Force in humanitarian emergency situations;

5. Commends the countries of the region, under the auspices of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the steps already taken in dealing with the Ebola outbreak, and welcomes the readiness and commitment of AU partners to support African efforts to this effect;

6. Decides, given the emergency situation caused by the Ebola outbreak, to authorize the immediate deployment of an AU-led Military and Civilian Humanitarian Mission, comprising medical doctors, nurses and other medical and paramedical personnel, as well as military personnel, as required for the effectiveness and protection of the Mission;

7. Requests the Commission, in cooperation with the countries affected, ECOWAS and all relevant partners and stakeholders to take, without further delay, the necessary steps to develop a Concept of Operations for the AU Mission authorized in paragraph 6 above, including its logistical, financial and other relevant aspects;

8. Encourages all AU Member States, and the international community as a whole, to extend the necessary support to the deployment of the AU Mission against Ebola outbreak. In this regard, Council underlines the need to pay particular attention to the impact of the epidemic on the post-conflict reconstruction and socio-economic development efforts in the countries affected;

9. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 558TH MEETING

2015

Date | 19 November, 2015

PRESS STATEMENT

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 558th meeting on 19 November 2015, held an open session, dedicated to the theme: “The impact of EI Nino on Peace, Security and Stability in Africa and the Humanitarian Consequences’’. The Open Session was held pursuant to the recommendation of the Abuja Retreat of the PSC with the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution, held from 14 to 16 September 2014, that the Continental Early Warning System should broaden its focus to include non-traditional and non-military threats to the continental peace, security and stability.

Council welcomed the presentation by the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Aisha Larada Abdullahi and by the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mrs. Kyung-wha Kung. Council also took note of the statements made by the representatives of AU Member States and those of the members of the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, bilateral and multilateral partners and humanitarian aid organizations, as well as of civil society organizations.

Council acknowledged the inextricable link between peace and security, development and climate change. Council also acknowledged that El Nino is one of the major and recurrent non-military threats to the sustainable development, peace, security and stability of the African continent.
Council noted with deep concern about the impending food security crisis and other humanitarian consequences and security implications of El Nino, particularly, in the following most affected Southern African countries, namely, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as in the following Horn of Africa countries, namely, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, as well as the countries of the Sahel. In this regard, Council underscored the need for monitoring household food security and market conditions in order to ensure an effective humanitarian response. Furthermore, and drawing lessons from the fight against the recent Ebola Virus Disease in parts of West Africa, Council appealed to the Member States, which are in a position to do so, as well as to the humanitarian aid organisations, the African private sector and the rest of the international community, to enhance their support to these countries in their efforts to alleviate the effects of El Nino.

Council expressed deep concern over the negative impact of the El Nino to the fragile economies of the affected countries, particularly their reduced capacity for economic recovery, as well as to meet the Millennium Development Goals. In the same context, Council also expressed concern over the impact of EI Nino on the overall economic growth prospects for Africa as a whole.

Council also noted with deep concern the prevailing humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region which has caused untold suffering, particularly to the Sahrawi refugees living near the town of Tindouf, in south western Algeria. In this regard, Council also appealed to all Member

States, in a position to do so, as well as to the humanitarian aid agencies and the rest of the international community, to provide assistance to the Sahrawi refugees and to all the other affected communities in the Sahel region as a whole.

Council underscored the importance of investing more in building the disaster risk reduction capacity and resilience of the communities, countries and regions most affected in order to minimize their future vulnerability to similar humanitarian emergencies.

Council also underscored the urgent need to mobilize necessary financial resources in order to prevent further deterioration of the situation in the countries most affected by El Nino.
Council stressed the need for the AU and the international community to coordinate their efforts in responding to the humanitarian crisis caused by El Nino and to take the necessary steps to ensure a credible disaster risk reduction preparedness and resilience capacity before a possible La Nina event materializes.

Council expressed gratitude to all humanitarian aid agencies, as well as to the bilateral and multilateral partners who are already providing support to the mitigation and recovery efforts of the countries most affected.

Council looked forward to the successful convening of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, France, from 30 November 2015 to 11 December 2015 and, in particular, to a strong legally binding universal agreement on climate change.

Council agreed to remain actively seized of the matter.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 603RD MEETING

2015

Date | 07 June, 2015

PRESS STATEMENT

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 603rd meeting, held on 7 June 2016, in Addis Ababa, dedicated an open session to the theme: Prevention and Settlement of Border Disputes in Africa. Council listened to a statement delivered by Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, as well as presentations by the AU Commission and Mr. Danny Mubanga, former Surveyor General of Zambia and statements from AU Members, Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs), international partners, specialized institutions and civil society organizations.

Council recalled the relevant decisions taken by the OAU and the AU on the peaceful settlement of border disputes, particularly, Resolution AHG/Res.16 (1) of the Heads of State and Government in July 1964, which enshrines the principle of respect for borders existing on achievement of national independence and reaffirmed in the African Union Constitutive Act of 11 July 2000 and the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union of 9 July 2002. Furthermore, Council highlighted the AU Convention on Cross Border Cooperation of 2012 (Niamey Convention), whose objectives include, inter alia, to facilitate the peaceful resolution of border disputes.

Council and participants commended the efforts deployed by the AU Commission through the AU Border Programme, particularly its facilitation provided to AU Member States in resolving border disputes, as well as border programme projects undertaken by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Council called on Member States to reaffirm their commitments to peacefully resolve border disputes and effectively use the facilitation provided by the AU Border Programme.

Council and participants expressed deep concern about the persistence of border disputes and the tendency to increase especially when natural resources are discovered in border areas. In this context, Council and participants stressed the urgent need for peaceful settlement of existing border and territorial disputes.

Council and participants recalled that the primary responsibility of finding solutions to the border disputes lies with Member States. In this regard, Council and participants urged the AU Member States, in resolving border disputes, to promote the spirit of dialogue, negotiation and reconciliation in the promotion of peaceful resolution of disputed borders and judicial or arbitral action should be a last resort.
Council and participants underscored the importance of promoting awareness on resolving and preventing border disputes on the continent and called on all Member States to support the creation of forums or platforms for sharing experience and create awareness. Council requested all AU Member States to establish National Boundary Commissions in their respective countries as competent authorities responsible for border related matters.

Council and participants emphasized the need for the AU to establish a long term mechanism mandated to facilitate studies and resolution of the existing border conflicts in Africa and develop a roadmap providing a guideline on how to prevent further border conflicts on the continent.

While noting challenges on border management of the continent, Council and participants called all Member States to manifest a strong African consensus and political will to transform the inherited borders from barriers to bridges which can facilitate cross-border economic opportunities, cultural exchanges, and integration of the continent. Council and participants urged Member States and partners to invest on such cross-border activities in the promotion of development on the continent.

Council called upon all the Member States that had not yet done so to carry out the delimitation and demarcation of their common border as it is the guarantee of the establishment of a climate of understanding and harmony and good neighborly relations between border communities. Council further welcomed the cross border cooperation initiatives taken by some Member States, which, while developing the border areas, turn borders into bridges rather than barriers.

Council noted with serious concern the lack of adequate funding in implementing the activities of the AU Border Programme. In this regard, Council appealed to all AU Member States to financially support the implementation of the AU Border Programme activities. Furthermore, Council appreciated the financial and technical support provided by partners in supporting border programme activities, in particular the Federal Republic of Germany.

Council took note of the request of the Commission to extend the deadline for completion of the demarcation of African Borders which expires in 2017, and requested the Commission to submit a comprehensive report on AU Border Programme and its activities for the consideration of Council.
Council urged all Member States that have not yet done so to sign and ratify, without any further delay, the relevant AU instruments, in particular the AU Convention on Cross border Cooperation of 2012, as well as other relevant international instruments. Council stressed the need for renewed efforts towards the implementation of these instruments.

Council agreed to remain seized of the matter.


PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL 486TH MEETING

2015

Date | 19 February, 2015

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), on 26 August 2015, held its Inaugural Annual Consultative Meeting with the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.

Council noted with satisfaction the statement delivered by the President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, Justice Augustino Ramadhan, regarding the work of the Court, its current functional relationship with the Council, as well as the proposed future framework and modalities of interaction.

Council acknowledged the important work of the Court and underscored the need to build more synergy between the two Organs. Council stressed that close collaboration with the Court will be very instrumental in further enhancing the capacity of the Council to more effectively discharge its mandate of promoting peace, security and stability in Africa.

Council and the Court noted the inextricable link between human rights and peace, security and stability. In this regard, Council emphasized that the protection and promotion of human rights is at the heart of any conflict prevention efforts. In this context, Council urged all Member States, which have not yet done so, to sign, ratify and domesticate the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, as well as other relevant international instruments and to make the necessary declarations.

Council emphasized the importance of institutionalizing, formalizing and regularizing the collaboration between the two Organs and looked forward to the development of a framework that will guide the interactions of the two Organs and the elaboration of concrete measures, as well as modalities that will allow for cooperation between the two Organs to move forward in a complementary manner.

Council and the Court agreed to alternate the hosting of their future Annual Consultations between Addis Ababa and Arusha at dates to be agreed by the two Organs. In this context, they also agreed that the Second Annual Consultative Meeting will be held in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2016, at a date to be agreed by the two Organs.


Press Statement of PSC Annual Consultation and the African Court on Human and People

2015

Date | 26 August, 2015

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), on 26 August 2015, held its Inaugural Annual Consultative Meeting with the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.

Council noted with satisfaction the statement delivered by the President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, Justice Augustino Ramadhan, regarding the work of the Court, its current functional relationship with the Council, as well as the proposed future framework and modalities of interaction.

Council acknowledged the important work of the Court and underscored the need to build more synergy between the two Organs. Council stressed that close collaboration with the Court will be very instrumental in further enhancing the capacity of the Council to more effectively discharge its mandate of promoting peace, security and stability in Africa.

Council and the Court noted the inextricable link between human rights and peace, security and stability. In this regard, Council emphasized that the protection and promotion of human rights is at the heart of any conflict prevention efforts. In this context, Council urged all Member States, which have not yet done so, to sign, ratify and domesticate the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, as well as other relevant international instruments and to make the necessary declarations.

Council emphasized the importance of institutionalizing, formalizing and regularizing the collaboration between the two Organs and looked forward to the development of a framework that will guide the interactions of the two Organs and the elaboration of concrete measures, as well as modalities that will allow for cooperation between the two Organs to move forward in a complementary manner.

Council and the Court agreed to alternate the hosting of their future Annual Consultations between Addis Ababa and Arusha at dates to be agreed by the two Organs. In this context, they also agreed that the Second Annual Consultative Meeting will be held in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2016, at a date to be agreed by the two Organs.