n Africa Conflict Monitor - Africa's despots strike back - : Africa-wide - continental overview

Volume 2015, Issue 07
  • ISSN : 2311-6943


From Sudan through Central Africa and south to Zimbabwe, autocrats were challenging their people's democratic preferences and supporting one another in a manner not seen since the 1970s when every dictator was given a free hand to purge his country of opponents and his people's liberties. Talk of democracy and conflict resolution at the African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg in June took a back seat to support of one the bloodiest mass murderers currently holding office on the continent. By championing the cause of Sudan's Omar al-Bashir to commit crimes against humanity without worry of answering to charges of war crimes in a court of law, the AU club of African leaders rejected the Rule of Law and Western liberalism. Anti-Western and specifically anti-European rhetoric was heard before, during and after the summit as never before in the 21st century. Africa was putting the world on notice that no interference of any kind, even in the name of compassion and justice, would be tolerated from outsiders.

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