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The Horn of Hope -- An Editorial

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Iqbal Jhazbhay1

September 19, 2004

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Since the previous edition of the African Security Review, four critical foundational initiatives of the African Union (AU) have come into effect. In Addis Ababa, for the first time, representatives of the ruling and opposition parties were represented at the newly launched Pan-African Parliament (PAP); the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), with an able Commissioner, got to the chase by tackling key human security questions on the continent. Importantly, the move from the disquieting concept of “non-interference” to that of non-indifference of human tragedies, was introduced. Equally affirming was the foundational work for the establishment of the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights and, the civil society arm of the AU, the Economic Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). Correctly, the AU Secretary-General, Alpha Konare, declared that the AU is not the OAU.

 

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The entire editorial is available in PDF format and can be downloaded.

 

Reference: African Security Review Vol 13 No 2, 2004

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1Iqbal Jhazbhay teaches at the University of South Africa and is a member of the ANC's Commission of Religious Affairs. He also serves on the Board of the Institute for Global Dialogue. E-mail: jhazbmid@unisa.ac.za [Up]

 

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