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The African Union And Reactions To International Crimes

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In Africa, as in other parts of the world, international crimes and serious violations of human rights are principally committed in the context of internal conflicts and disturbances. This chapter examines the forms of reactions to international crimes provided for in AU texts and practice and the more specific issue of prosecution of the authors of those crimes, in the light of the AU legal position with regard mainly to the trial of the former Chadian President, Hiss'ene Habr´e. The AU reactions to international crimes lay within the AU peace and security architecture, which is the new continental peace mechanism in Africa, underpinned by two pillars. The prosecution of the authors of crimes, either by national or international tribunals, is among the most difficult challenge facing the African Union in order to meet its commitment to reject impunity.

Keywords: African Union; human rights; international crimes



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