No funds to fight genocide in Africa
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) -A lack of capacity and resource constraints are hindering efforts by the Africa Union Commission (AUC) to end the genocide and other atrocities in the continent.
This was the prevailing sentiment at a workshop held by the AUC’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “African Task Force on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities.”
Head of DPA, Salah Siddig Hammad, said African try to prevent atrocities, financial and technical constraints were hampering such efforts.
He therefore underscored the need for joint efforts at continental, regional, national and individual levels for an effective prevention of mass atrocities around the continent.
Chair of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, Gyorgy Tatar, stressed on the need for an improved capacity at international, regional and national levels as well as making feasible recommendations to practitioners with more focus on extremism and de-radicalization by mobilizing international actors to provide more
assistance and help.
The workshop provided opportunities to exchange views on experiences, challenges and identify context-specific needs while elaborating feasible policy recommendations to be included in the final report of the African Task Force that will be released in July 2016.
Genocide has been commonplace in the continent over the years amid concern perpetrators went unpunished.
However, courts have been put in place to bring those to book with former Chad leader, Hissène Habré, recently jailed for life for atrocities committed in the 1980s and 90s.
– CAJ News
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