The European Union signed today EUR1.2 million contract with the African Union Commission on enhancing the work of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The Contract is part of the wider EUR 10 million European Union support aimed at strengthening the African Human Rights System under the EU Pan-African Programme.
The main objective of the Programme signed is to ensure full ownership and implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child at country level. Under the Programme, the Child Committee will advocate for the ratification of and reporting on the Charter, in view of seven African Union Member States have not ratified thus far. The Programme also concentrates on the litigation of cases of violations of child rights in Africa and the follow up on the decisions. It also documents good practices in legal and policy reform, works on cross-border issues affecting children’s rights, develops general comments, and undertakes investigative missions, among other things.
Democratic Governance and Human Rights is at the heart of the EU Africa Partnership as expressed in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy of 2014-2017. At the 4th EU- Africa Summit in 2014, the leaders of the two continents committed themselves to work together to ensure full respect of human rights, international law, gender equality, and to fight impunity and all forms of discrimination, racism and xenophobia. The African Union Assembly has declared 2016 as "Africa Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of women".