Addis Ababa, September 16/2020(ENA) The African Union (AU) has celebrated on Tuesday the Worldwide Day of Democracy with reaffirming its unwavering dedication to the noble objectives Agenda 2063.
Worldwide Day of Democracy was marked world wide underneath the theme “COVID-19: A Highlight on Democracy”.
The Day is widely known on September 15 yearly to lift consciousness about democracy.
AU’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Minata SAMATE CESSOUMA on the event mentioned that aspiration three and four of Agenda 2063 envision “an Africa of fine governance, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of regulation in addition to a peaceable and safe Africa”.
And he or she reaffirmed the unwavering dedication of the AU and its 55 Member States to realizing these noble objectives of the agenda.
In line with a press launch issued by the AU, this yr’s theme for the Worldwide Day of Democracy is pertinent provided that COVID-19 is an unprecedented public well being emergency in up to date occasions.
It additional acknowledged that many African international locations have adopted emergency measures which have resulted within the curtailment of human rights, rule of regulation, justice and constitutionalism in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, it identified that these measures ought to be authorized, non-discriminatory and proportionate to the magnitude of the menace.
As there can’t be sturdy peace with out democracy, emergency measures in response to COVID-19 ought to be short-term with no threatening democracy, the discharge underscored.
It was discovered that inside the context of the 2020 AU theme, United Nations Secretary Common and the Chairperson of the African Union Fee known as for a worldwide ceasefire in all battle hot-spots across the globe as a way to permit extra effort and sources to be earmarked in the direction of combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over and above wars and conflicts, the assertion emphasised that COVID-19 is an invisible enemy that threatens democracy, peace and improvement in Africa.
Lastly, the African Union known as for member states, regional financial communities and worldwide communities to fight COVID-19, advance democracy and inculcate the tradition of peace.