AU Watch

Promoting Refugee Protection

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Our activities to promote refugee protection include:

  • Promoting accession to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
  • Promoting and disseminating knowledge about the 1969 African Refugee convention and the work of the African Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, IDPs and Migrants.
  • In fragile settings, every day brings new opportunities and fresh challenges and new opportunities to assist our fellow Africans. We work to deliver life-saving aid to people living on the edge of survival. Tomorrow, when the crisis subsides, we will work alongside community members to restore job opportunities, build critical infrastructure, and develop education programs.
  • We advocate and campaign for the AU and AU Member States to respect the laws they create concerning people who are forced to flee. We also litigate and take cases to both the judicial and human rights bodies of the AU and the UN.
  • Assisting States to enact or revise national refugee legislation, including administrative instructions and operational guidelines, and to implement national refugee status determination procedures.
  • Strengthening relevant administrative and judicial institutions, training staff of government and non-governmental agencies, and liaising with relevant human rights bodies.
  • Research and advice on new laws and regulations affecting people of concern
  • We design courses on  the African Human Rights System, including courses  on mass migration for primary, secondary schools, law schools, governmental agencies (including the police and the military) and other institutes.