The African Union (AU) is a union consisting of 54 African states. Its goal is to promote political and economic cooperation on the continent.
The AU was established in 2001 in Addis Ababa to replace the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The most important decisions of the AU are made by the Assembly of the African Union, heads of state and government of its member states which meets twice a year. The AU's secretariat, the African Union Commission, is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is a collection of DW's latest content on the AU.
Last week at a summit in Ivory Coast, the EU and African Union promised to take swift action to clamp down on trafficking and enslavement, particularly in Libya. But stories of slavery in Libya have been known for months, with little effort to put an end to the horrors. Our reporter Megan Williams spent two weeks on the migrant rescue ship Aquarius, where she heard first-hand accounts of slavery.
Leaders from the EU and the African Union met for a two day summit in the Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan this week. And the problems in one country in particular dominated the talks – Libya. The Tripoli government has agreed to allow migrants facing abuse in detention camps there to be evacuated. Teri Schultz reports.
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