Shared Values are a means of accelerating Africa’s integration agenda through values and principles that are embodied in the various instruments, decisions and declarations that have been adopted by the Union.
African Charter of Democracy, Elections and Governance
African Charter of Democracy, Elections and Governance expounds upon the constitutive act, committing Member States to the adherence of universal values and principles of democracy and respect for human rights. It promotes the adherence to rule of law, the holding of free and fair elections, and the rejection of unconstitutional changes of government.
African Charter of Human and People's Rights
African Charter of Human and People's Rights recognizes the rights, duties and freedoms that accrue to all Africans and commits Member States to undertake to adopt legislative or other measures to give effect to those rights.
African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child recogni- zes the freedom from discrimination, inherent rights, and the necessity of protecting children under the law on the continent.
African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa
African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa establishes a legal framework for preventing internal displacement, and protecting and assisting internally displaced persons in Africa, while providing for durable solutions to displacement.
African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption acknowledges the damaging effects of corruption on the continent and promotes the development of mechanisms required to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption and related offences in the public and private sectors.
African Union Post-Conflict and Reconstruction Policy Framework
African Union Post-Conflict and Reconstruction Policy Framework (http://www.peaceau.org/uploads/pcrd-policy-framwowork-eng.pdf) sets out an African agenda for post-conflict reconstruction which aims to, among other things, address the nexus between the peace, security, humanitarian and development dimensions of post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding.
African Youth Charter
African Youth Charter protects young people from discrimination and ensures freedom of movement, speech, association, religion, ownership of property and other human rights, while committing to promoting youth participation throughout society.
Algiers Declaration on Unconstitutional Changes
Algiers Declaration on Unconstitutional Changes addresses the importance of strengthening the capacity of the AU to deal with the scourge of unconstitutional changes of government.
Conference on Stability, Security, Development and Democracy (CSSDCA) Memorandum of Understanding
Conference on Stability, Security, Development and Democracy (CSSDCA) Memorandum of Understanding reaffirms the fundamental link between stability, human security, development and cooperation in a manner that reinforces each other.
Constitutive Act of the African Union
Constitutive Act of the African Union establishes the African Union and defines its objectives, in particular a commitment to promote democratic principles and institutions, popular participation and good governance.
Declaration on the Theme of the 2012 Summit “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values”
Declaration on the Theme of the 2012 Summit “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values” establishes AGA and commits the African Union towards implementing and affirming its Shared Values.
Kigali Declaration on Human Rights in Africa
Kigali Declaration on Human Rights in Africa (http://www.achpr.org/instruments/kigali/) reaffirms the principle that all human rights are universal, indivisible, inter-dependent and inter-related. It reaffirms Member States commitments to upholding and protecting these rights as noted.
Lomé Declaration on Unconstitutional Changes of Government
Lomé Declaration on Unconstitutional Changes of Government affirms and updates the Algiers Declaration, committing to the AU’s rejection of unconstitutional changes in government.
Memorandum of Understanding on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
Memorandum of Understanding on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) (http://aprm-au.org/admin/pdfFiles/aprm_mou.pdf) establishes partnerships with the States who have signed on to APRM and commits to implementing the shared commitments as established in the Constitutive Act.
New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic & Corporate Governance
New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic & Corporate Governance (http://www1.uneca.org/Portals/nepad/Documents/declaration-on-democracy-political-economic-corporate-governance.pdf) commits to ensuring that Heads of States’ respective national constitutions reflect the democratic ethos and commits support to democracy and good political governance, economic and corporate governance, socio-economic developmen
OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa
The AU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa acknowledges the increasing number of refugees on the continent and seeks to find ways and means of alleviating their misery and suffering as well as providing them with a better life and feature.
OAU/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections
OAU/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/compilation_democracy/ahg.htm) provides for democratic elections as a basis of the authority of any representative government and states the principles for such elections, including guidance for observers and monitors.
Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice & Human Rights
Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice & Human Rights aims at merging the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and the Court of Justice of the African Union. It specifically establishes the Court and defines its organization, jurisdiction and procedures.
Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union
Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union establishes a standing decision-making organ for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts on the continent.
Protocol to the African Charter establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Protocol to the African Charter establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights provides for the functions, responsibilities and jurisdiction of the Court, along with the process for submitting to the Court.
Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (http://www.achpr.org/instruments/court-establishment/) requires State Parties to combat all forms of discrimination against women through appropriate legislative, institutional and other measures.
Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa
Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa reaffirms the commitment to gender equality and agrees to accelerate the implementation of measures to combat discrimination and ensure the full and effective participation of women in peace processes.
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and rule of law
- Rejecting Unconstitutional
- Executive, Legislative and Judicial Systems
- Free Movement of Peoples
- Protection of Civilians
- Norms and Standards
- Redress Mechanisms
- Political Parties
- Public service and administration
- Local governance and decentralisation
- Anti-corruption and accountability