Rwanda to host AU summit on human rights

The 27th African Union (AU) Summit that is scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 10 to 18 July this year will focus on strategies to achieve women’s human rights. An official statement indicated that several dozens of African leaders and foreign dignitaries are expected to take part in the Summit.

This year’ summit will be organised under the theme “2016: African Year of Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women”. A series of activities have been planned, spread across the entire year of 2016 and aimed at celebrating the gains made so far, reviewing the human rights situation on the continent, taking stock of what still needs to be done to create a culture of human rights observance on the continent, and exploring how best to address the remaining human rights challenges.

In addition, project 2016 aims especially at galvanizing momentum towards the realisation of human rights, particularly the rights of women, and contributing to the fostering of a truly human rights culture, the statement said. The Kigali summit is being organized at a time the African Union (AU) has pledged to fulfill Agenda 2063, a blue print for future development of the continent on the sidelines of the last year’s summit that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It is also expected that the week-long summit will also discuss a range of topics, including human rights, financing of the continental body, terrorism, conflicts as well as reforms to encourage the implementation of development projects identified in the Agenda 2063, it said.