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The African Union Declaration on Terrorism

In May, the AU held an extraordinary session on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Governments in Africa in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, resulting in a declaration titled “robust response, deepening democracy and collective security”.

The declaration condemns and expresses zero tolerance for all forms of “unconstitutional changes of government”. However, the declaration’s preamble also commits states to promote constitutionalism, separation of powers, judicial independence, political pluralism and meaningful public participation.

The declaration is highlighted with this acknowledgement: “Our unequivocal condemnation of all manifestations of terrorism and violent extremism across the Continent; and reaffirm our commitment to preserve the indivisibility of the security of African states in line with the Common African Defense and Security Policy and within the spirit of finding African security solutions.

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