Themes Archives: African Union

Africa Human Rights Day Statement

Thirty years ago, on 21 October 1986, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (the African Charter) came into force, giving both hope and guarantees for the protection of human rights on the African continent. Since then, on 21 October of each year Africa commemorates this day, reflecting on the solemn declaration by the [...]

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Africa Day statement

Africa Day marks the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25th, 1963, which was then established as the African Union (AU) in 2001 with different and more comprehensive objectives to meet the demands of the new millennium. The Forum statement addresses the women’s empowerment and gender equity issues. Read more …Africa [...]

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African Union Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection

The African Union Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection was adopted the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union which concluded in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on 27 June 2014. The Convention, which substantively brings the language of ‘privacy’ at this level seeks to establish a legal framework for Cyber-security and Personal [...]

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Africa Day Commemoration Statement

As Zimbabwe commemorates Africa Day, the Zimbabwean government must comply with its obligations and commitments under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to give effect to the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Charter. In so doing the government should address the socio-economic challenges facing the country to avoid social and political upheaval. [...]

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African Commission must protect online rights

In a paper presented at the NGO Forum of the African Commission 55th Session, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO forum made the case that “Whilst new technologies may hold great benefits for the developing world, without strong legal frameworks ensuring that rights are adequately protected, they can also pose serious threats to the fundamental human [...]

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