The African Union: Defending peace, democracy and human rights

04-04-2016

The creation of the African Union (AU) in 2002 sparked hopes for the start of a new era in African integration. New institutional mechanisms and norms have been put in place to accomplish the AU’s ambitious objectives in the area of peace, human rights and democratic governance. Despite the promise of these objectives, they have yet to become fully effective and legitimate, as many member states still need to fulfil their commitments and sign the necessary legal instruments. This is an updated version of a note from March 2015, 'Political cooperation within the African Union'. See also our notes on the AU's economic aspects and on its mechanisms against UCG.

The creation of the African Union (AU) in 2002 sparked hopes for the start of a new era in African integration. New institutional mechanisms and norms have been put in place to accomplish the AU’s ambitious objectives in the area of peace, human rights and democratic governance. Despite the promise of these objectives, they have yet to become fully effective and legitimate, as many member states still need to fulfil their commitments and sign the necessary legal instruments. This is an updated version of a note from March 2015, 'Political cooperation within the African Union'. See also our notes on the AU's economic aspects and on its mechanisms against UCG.