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Africa Union: An Old Boys Club Of Oppressive Leaders?

 

 

 

 

In his address to the OAU general assembly, Afewerki observed, “We do not find membership of this organisation, under present circumstances, spiritually gratifying or politically challenging.” In his inaugural speech to the Organisation of African Unity as its newest and 53rd member-state, President Isais Afewerki blasted the OAU on its failure to deliver on the founding principles such as its human rights agenda, and had been a chief contributor to the marginalisation of Africa. Two decades and a half later, nothing much has changed. Not even re-branding the organisation to the African Union has manged to change the culture that was in the organisation in the 20th century. The organisation has been unresponsive to undemocratic tendencies by its member states, failed to resolve inter-member disputes and has failed to act on human rights abuses by its members. In his address to the OAU general assembly, Afewerki observed, “We do not find membership of this organisation, under present circumstances, spiritually gratifying or politically challenging.”

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