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Powerful nations still face the temptation of interpreting international law and norms in such a way that it suits their interests, and setting them aside when they don’t. I will argue that this is not only bad for international law and international security, but it is a particularly bad practice in Africa, because of the particularities of African history and contemporary African conflicts. These particularities include both the specific local details of African conflicts, which are best addressed by those in the neighbourhood who understand them best, and also the historically-grounded African distrust of outside interventions, which militates against the success of non-African initiatives.

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Left behind was a society scarred by the darkest period in Ethiopia’s modern history; a massive and systematic elimination of human lives, and essentially, one of the gravest human rights violations that has occurred in the history of the nation.

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Why does the AU need a memorial? The AUHRM signifies the fact that Africa now will have to face up to its violent history.

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On April 7, 2012, the eighteenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Jean Ping, addressed a solemn gathering of African Union delegates. Commemoration, he stated, “is directed at ensuring that, as we construct visions for the future, we should be mindful of the past experiences and in particular, [...]

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The dominant interventionist approach to peace and security in Africa by-passes the hard work of creating domestic political consensus and instead imposes models of government favoured by western powers. The emergent African methodology offers a chance to develop locally-rooted solutions too often sidelined.

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This contribution captures the remarks of Andreas Eshete, Chairman, Interim Board of the AU Human Rights Memorial, upon the inauguration of the AU Human Rights Memorial. At a ceremony unveiling the foundation stone, Eshete stated that the Memorial “is a site for the permanent preservation of the memory of the multitude of innocent African victims of these and other grave abuses of human rights.”

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