Citizens’ Continental Conference on 4-7 February 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

WHERE IS THE AFRICA WE WANT? CITIZENS PERSPECTIVES

2019 will be the African Union Year for Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons, themed on finding durable solutions to internal displacement. The year will also see the 50th Anniversary and 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the OAU Convention and IDP Convention respectively. This comes at a time when Africa has developed a Protocol on Free Movement of Africans across Africa[1] and an agreement on a common free trade area,[2] and is also negotiating differing migration arrangements with Europe. With a number of countries coming out of conflict and/or autocratic rule, transitional justice is also key on the Continental agenda. It is anticipated that Africa’s Transitional Justice Policy Framework will finally be adopted at the February 2019 Summit, after eight (8) years of hard work

[1] Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment, Adopted on 29 January 2018.

[2] African Common Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Adopted in Kigali in March* 2018, aka the Kigali Agreement*

 

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