In the News: AU Peace and Security Council to Meet on Prevention of Hate Ideology, Genocide and Hate Crimes in Africa

AU SPC in session. Image: Archive 2019/ISS Africa

Addis Ababa – On Tuesday 07 June, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) will convene its 1088e session on the theme ‘prevention of hate ideology, genocide and hate crimes in Africa’.

The session shall be convened in accordance with the Communiqué of the 678e session of the CPS which decided to convene an annual public meeting on hate crimes.

The PSC Chair for the month, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo, Daniel Owassa, is expected to deliver an opening address followed by a statement by the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Bankole Adeoye. Presentations will also be made by the Representative of the Republic of Rwanda.

The PSC designated the theme of the session to remember both the lives lost and the destruction wrought in Rwanda on the one hand and the lessons learned from the genocide on the other.

Tomorrow’s session falls within the framework of the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, which was observed on 7 April in accordance with AU Assembly Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.695 of 2 July 2018. The PSC designated the theme of the session to remember both the lives lost and the destruction wrought in Rwanda on the one hand and the lessons learned from the genocide on the other. It thus serves as an occasion both to pay tribute to the women and men as well as to the children brutally massacred during the genocide and to express solidarity with the survivors of the genocide and to renew the responsibility of the AU and its Member States to renew their commitment to draw lessons from the genocide to meet contemporary challenges.

Please find more details about the session and expected outcomes in Amani Africa’s latest “PSC Overview”.


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