Malabo hosts double summit of African Union Heads of State

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The 52 member states of the African Union (AU) on Wednesday, 25 May in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, announced the start of two extraordinary summits on humanitarian crises caused by terrorism and unconstitutional changes of government in Africa. Twitter page.

Work on the summit began on the same day as Africa Day, 25 May, which commemorates the founding of the Organization for African Unity in 1963, which preceded the AU.

“About 113 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in Africa, of which 48 million are refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons”, AU Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat indicated during the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

The second summit, which opens on Friday, titled: “Terrorism and the Unconstitutional Change of Government”, will address “terrorism, a gangrene that is slowly infecting all regions of the continent, from Libya to Mozambique.” , from Mali to Somalia, passing through the Sahel, the Chad Basin and the eastern DRC”, he explained.

This AU summit is taking place from 2021 in a context marked by five coups in Africa (Guinea-Conakry, Burkina Faso, Mali, Sudan and Chad).

The summit has been marked by widespread punishment for human rights violations committed by insurgents and government security forces in Cameroon, Mozambique, the Central African Republic, Somalia and the Sahel.

“The member states of the African Union should use their upcoming summit to commit to addressing human rights issues that are subject to armed conflict and political upheaval on the African continent,” the African Union said on Tuesday. NGO Human Rights Watch.

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This NGO recognized that “the summit is an opportunity for leaders of the continent to tackle persistent political repression, endemic impunity, disregard for constitutional limits on mandates and election rigging”.

Twenty heads of state are expected in Malabo on Friday to investigate the evils that undermine Africa and prevent it in its democratic progress and fight against terrorism, according to the African Union.

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