AUC presents the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism

The African Union Commission presented the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) during the meeting on resolution 1373 (2001) organized by United Nations Security Council Counterterrorism Committee.

From the presentation:

In Africa the AU, the then OAU took terrorism into account long before the dramatic events of 9/11 owing to incidents in all four corners of the continent including Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa to quote just a few. Some African states developed anti-terrorism legislation as far back as the 1940s.

This early awareness of the dangers of terrorism to development, peace and stability in Africa was reflected in a number of African Counterterrorism Instruments, namely 1999 the OAU Convention on the Preventing and Combating of Terrorism, followed by the Plan of Action on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism in Africa in 2002. As a result of concerns that the 1999 OAU Convention had inherent weaknesses which could impair implementation, it was unanimously decided to adopt in 2004 a Protocol to supplement the 1999 OAU Convention.

The objective of these instruments is to promote a comprehensive, coordinated and consistent response, at the national, regional and continental levels to counter terrorism. They also highlight the important role that the AU can play in serving as a bridge between the international counterterrorism framework embodied in international counterterrorism instruments as well as regional efforts. In addition they contain important provisions on extradition, the exchange of information, capacity building, law enforcement cooperation, mutual legal assistance, border control and other elements, which if and when implemented, have the potential to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation across the continent.

Subsequent to these developments and to ensure the proper operationalization of the norms and values inherent in these instruments, the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) was established.

Read more on the presentation.

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