Entry into force of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (February 15, 2012)
The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, adopted in January 2007, will enter into force today.
This charter enshrines the commitment of the States Parties to promoting democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
It recognizes popular participation through universal suffrage as the inalienable right of the people and condemns the seizure of power through unconstitutional means.
It affirms the commitment of the States Parties to eliminate all forms of discrimination and promotes women’s rights and their full participation in decision-making and political processes, the protection of minorities and the most vulnerable, and respect for diversity.
It reaffirms the importance of the fight against impunity.
France welcomes this major step forward which confirms the universality of human rights and the aspiration for democracy.
France is attached to the leading role played by the African Union in promoting human rights and democratic rules.