Addis Ababa ,January 2016-Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman, Chief Ombudsman Foziya Amin - President of African Ombudsman & Mediators Association (AOMA) attended on the 26th African Union Summit which was held from January 30-31/2016 under the theme "2016: African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women” at the headquarters of the Union Addis Ababa ,Ethiopia with a capacity of observer status representing AOMA as per the agreement signed between AU-AOMA in October 2011
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in her welcoming Remarks to the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government Addis Ababa said that Africa must continue to place its people and their basic human rights, at the centre of Agenda 2063.
"This includes our people’s rights to education, to food and nutrition, to health care, to safe water, sanitation and energy, to join in peace, to be safe from violence and extremism, to reach their full potential, in addition to the right to association, to free speech, to freedom of the media and to be protected from discrimination on any grounds. We are making progress, but our pace is very slow. We must use 2016 as a platform to advance these human rights of all
the inhabitants of our continent, in their full diversity, as we work together to create the Africa we want," said the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
H.E. Idriss Deby Itno, Chairperson of the African Union brought the 26th Ordinary session of the African Union to an end with his remarks appreciating the environment and atmosphere of the Summit which was peaceful. He also thanked the Assembly for their recommendations in respect of the fight against terrorism in Africa. President Deby appealed to all Member States to take seriously, issues which undermine the development of Africa. Dialogue is the key, AU
Chairperson said. In addition, he appealed to the African Union to strengthen its efforts to find ways of bringing peace to Burundi and South Sudan. “We cannot tolerant violence which kills thousands of Africans and leaves them displaced, let us all be vigilant and listen
to the cries of our people.”
The new AU Chairperson would have among other important duties to ensure the implementation by AU Member States of the theme 2016: African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women and the Ten Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063. He would further mobilize the continent to implement the AU Agenda 2063 with
the view to place Africa as a key player in the world arena.
The Summit has brought together, including AOMA representative , policy making Organs of the Union, representatives from the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Private Sector, the Diaspora, partner organizations, continental and international media and dignitaries as well as invited guests world-wide.