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World MapIncorporate “Civilian Protection” and “Rejection of Impunity” in Strategies to End Conflicts(New York) – The African Union (AU) should improve its strategies for civilian protection and accountability in its efforts to end ongoing crises on the continent, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to AU heads of states. The AU will hold a Summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from January 25 to February 4, 2010.”African heads of state declared 2010 the ‘Year of Peace and Security in Africa’ for compelling reasons,” said Aloys Habimana, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Now they need to act, by coming up with long-term solutions for armed conflicts and stronger measures to protect civilians and ensure justice for victims of atrocities.”Human Rights Watch highlighted the worsening human rights crises in Sudan and Somalia and urged African leaders to take concrete steps to advance both civilian protection and accountability for victims of serious human rights violations throughout Africa.

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