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African Union

Treaties & Protocols

  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (Banjul Charter), 1981 Protects human rights generally, including civil, political, economic, social, cultural, peoples' and groups' rights.
  • Constitutive Act of the African Union, 2001 Sets out the codified framework under which the African Union conducts itself.
  • Protocol on Amendments to the Constitutive Act of the African Union, 2003 Amends the Constitutive Act of the African Union.
  • Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, 2004 Establishes the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.
  • Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa, 2005 Protects women's rights, including by prohibiting female genital mutilation and all other forms of violence against women.
  • Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, 2008 Establishes the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.
  • African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, 2007  Promotes gender equality, among other human rights and democratic principles.
  • African Youth Charter, 2006 Promotes the elimination of gender discrimination and protects the rights of all children, including girls.
  • African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, 1990 Promotes the rights of all children, including girls.