AU Summit: Only 10% of AU decisions are applied by member states

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Nearly 10 per cent of the measures taken by the different authorities of the African Union (AU) are actually applied by member states, according to a report received Friday by PANA here, before the 16th summit of the pan-African organisation.

Entitled "Report on the state of the Union", the document said without an actual application of the measures taken, the AU would become "a costly club of leaders far from the realities of the majority of the citizens who are not followed in their quest of a peaceful, fair and prosperous Africa.

"Only an Africa that respects and applies its own decisions will reach its objectives of an integrated and peaceful Africa," said the report, co-signed by 13 NGOs, including the International Federation of the Leagues of Human Rights (FIDH), Oxfam, the African Encounter of Human Rights (RADDHO) and the West African Civil Society Organisations (FASCO).

The authors of the report urged member states of the AU "to pull themselves together" to ratify and apply the treaties not ratified yet, particularly the texts about civil, political and economic rights.

"It is therefore important to reduce the gap between the promises and the realities of the lives of the populations," said the report, which will feed some debates of the 16th AU summit, whose main theme is "Shared values for a unity and a regional integration".

More than 40 heads of states and government will take part from 30 to 31 January summit that will be dominated by the electoral crisis across Africa.
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28 january 2011 15:53:06




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