AOMA calls on AU to prevent loss of innocent lives in Libya

The African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) has urged the African Union (AU) to do everything in its powers to avoid the loss of innocent lives in the on-going conflict in Libya.

This resolution was taken at the recent Executive Committee meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which was attended by among others the Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa Adv Thuli Madonsela, who also serves as the secretary of the body.

Public Protector Chief executive officer Themba Mthethwa also attended the meeting.

In its document titled the Addis Ababa Declaration, the continental watchdog body strongly condemned the loss of lives in the North African state which has been ravaged by conflict since early in the year.

The 36-member organization, which aims to advance the ideals of good governance and human rights in Africa by supporting and protecting the independence and development of ombudsman institutions in the continent, also resolved to avail its resources and members to assist the AU and other multilateral bodies in pursuit of democracy, good governance and peace in the continent.

The meeting further resolved that AOMA needs to work hard to increase its membership, recognition and visibility among AU member states through involvement in African governance and human rights activities. This is to allow the body to be a pillar of good governance, human rights protection and the fight against corruption.

Issued by the African Ombudsman and Mediators Association

For more information, contact:

Oupa Segalwe
Manager: Outreach, Education and Communications
Public Protector South Africa (AOMA Secretariat)
072 264 3273
012 366 7153


Published Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2011