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8. Constitutive Act of the African Union (2000)
(Adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the Organization of African Unity, 11 July 2000)

We, Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the Organization of African Unity (OAU):

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DETERMINED to promote and protect human and peoples' rights, consolidate democratic institutions and culture, and to ensure good governance and the rule of law;

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Article3
Objectives

The objectives of the Union shall be to:

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(h) promote and protect human and peoples' rights in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and other relevant human rights instruments;

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