African Ombudsman & Mediators' Association (Aoma) Meeting

African ombudsman & mediators' association (aoma) meeting
29 Jul 2010

Location: Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo in Uganda
29th July 2010 - 30th July 2010

Communiqué

WE, the Executive Committee of the African Ombudsman & Mediators' Association (AOMA) meeting at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo in Uganda from 29th to 30th July 2010:
REITERATE the AOMA mission to promote open, accountable and democratic governance by working to support and protect the independence and development of Ombudsman institutions in Africa for the advancement of good governance and respect of human rights in Africa;
MINDFUL that Ombudsman offices have the requisite powers and functions to promote good governance and the rule of law in public administration, commit ourselves to helping our respective countries to realize MDGs by 2015 through ensuring efficient and effective functioning of public offices in our respective jurisdictions.
AWARE that there exists a link between bad governance, lack of rule of law and lack of respect for human rights and dignity on the one hand, and crimes of transnational character such as terrorism on the other;
Adopt the following Resolutions:

1. WE COMMIT to consolidating AOMA to play a key role in building lasting peace and good governance on the African continent by ensuring full compliance with international standards and strengthening the capacity of the ombudsman institution in Africa to combat impunity and promote a culture of respect for human rights and the rule of law.
2. WE RESOLVE to establish a fully functional secretariat for AOMA; mobilize resources for AOMA activities; strengthen AOMA and make it more visible; and streamline membership of AOMA. 3. WE CALL UPON African leaders to continue to support and strengthen the Ombudsman Institution in Africa.
4. WE CONDEMN the terrorist attacks on Ugandan territory at the Rugby Club and Ethiopian Restaurant in Kampala by the al Shabaab that occurred on 11th July 2010 during the finals of the first ever World Cup to be held on the African Continent that wrought devastating effects on Ugandan society; and stand in solidarity with our Ugandan brothers and sisters at this difficult time.
5. WE SALUTE AND COMMEND the African leaders, who during the AU Summit held at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo in Uganda from 19th to 27th July 2010 took resolute measures to re-establish good governance, rule of law, peace and political stability in Somalia, and call upon more African countries to get involved in resolving the stalemate in Somalia.

Dated and signed at Kampala, Uganda this 30th day of July, 2010, on behalf of the Executive Committee by,

Dr. Paulo Tjipilica
President of AOMA

Adv. Thulisile Madonsela
Executive Secretary of AOMA

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