On Tuesday, November 30 in Tripoli, The Honorable Minister Louise Mushikiwabo gave a speech on Governance and Human Rights at the 3rd annual Africa-EU summit taking place in the framework of a new commitment to strengthening the Africa-EU partnership. In particular, her speech focused on the issue of the Abuse of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction used by Europeans to Africans.
Minister Louise Mushikiwabo expressed her gratitude to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for his consistent attention to this issue, but added that “no significant progress has been made in the discussions between the African Union and the European Union on that matter.” While the EU acknowledges that the exercise of the universal jurisdiction “is a matter exclusively of national competence,” it nonetheless executes arrest warrants enacted by individual judges. She indicated her disappointment that “a longtime partner like the EU operates in this blatant contradiction both in fact and in law.”
Minister Mushikiwabo also reiterated a request made by the AU Assembly Heads of States to the Member States of the UN and of the EU in particular to impose a moratorium on illegitimate warrants for African officials until a “lasting solution” could be reached. She repeatedly voiced the hope that such a solution could be found. Minister Mushikiwabo was confident that by staying true to the “important values that Africa and EU share” — namely Respect, Dignity, and Justice — Africa and Europe could form a “genuine and real partnership based on mutual respect.”
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