PREVENTING AND COMBATING   
TERRORISM 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 


 


PREVENTING AND COMBATING TERRORISM IN AFRICA


International terrorism over the past decade has come to constitute the most serious threat to global peace, security and development. This unfortunate development and all its evil manifestations around the world and particularly in Africa, undermine the most cherished values and fundamental principles of the 21st century including development, democracy, human rights, and freedoms. The African Union strongly condemns all acts and forms of terrorism in Africa and wherever they may occur.

Terrorism violates international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and the principles and values enunciated in the Constitutive Act of the African Union and the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC). African countries have long espoused the imperative need to combat and eradicate the phenomenon of terrorism through a comprehensive approach that addresses its root causes. In their collective resolve and determination to deal with a common threat, Member States of the Union have adopted instruments and decisions creating a common framework for the prevention and combating of terrorism in Africa. They have also signed, ratified and/or acceded to international counter-terrorism instruments, particularly those listed in the annex to the 1999 OAU Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism.

In order to strengthen their collective efforts and to translate their commitments into concrete actions, Members of the Union have established, in Algiers, Algeria, an African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), as an institution of the AU Commission to boost the capacity of the Union in the prevention and combating of terrorism in Africa.

By virtue of the Constitutive Act, and the PSC Protocol, the African Union is leading efforts of the continent to combat and prevent terrorism. As a universal threat, terrorism must be confronted through a universal approach. To this end, the African Union is working with members of the international community to strengthen international cooperation and a common approach to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.

Alpha Oumar Konaré
Chairperson, AU Commission




 


 



 

2ND HIGH LEVEL INTER-GOVERNMENTAL MEETING ON THE PREVENTION
AND COMBATING OF TERRORISM IN AFRICA