11. Protocol relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (2002)
(Adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the African Union, 9 July 2002)
WE, the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the African Union;
HEREBY AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING:
For the purpose of this Protocol:
g) “Commission” shall mean the Commission of the African Union;
The objectives for which the Peace and Security Council is established shall be to:
f. promote and encourage democratic practices, good governance and the rule of law, protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for the sanctity of human life and international humanitarian law, as part of efforts for preventing conflicts.
AFRICAN STANDBY FORCE
1. In order to enable the Peace and Security Council perform its responsibilities with respect to the deployment of peace support missions and intervention pursuant to article 4 (h) and (j) of the Constitutive Act, an African Standby Force shall be established. Such Force shall be composed of standby multidisciplinary contingents, with civilian and military components in their countries of origin and ready for rapid deployment at appropriate notice.
13. The Commission shall provide guidelines for the training of the civilian and military personnel of national standby contingents at both operational and tactical levels. Training on International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, with particular emphasis on the rights of women and children, shall be an integral part of the training of such personnel.
14. To that end, the Commission shall expedite the development and circulation of appropriate Standing Operating Procedures to inter-alia:
a. support standardization of training doctrines, manuals and programmes for national and regional schools of excellence;
b. co-ordinate the African Standby Force training courses, command and staff exercises, as well as field training exercises.