Communiqué of the 1044th meeting of the PSC held on 5 November 2021 on the protection of medical facilities and personnel in armed conflict

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1044th   meeting held on 5 November 2021 on the protection of medical facilities and personnel in armed conflict: 
The Peace and Security Council,
Recalling the United Nations Security Council Resolution [S/RES/2286 (2016)] adopted under the Presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt on 3 May 2016, which strongly condemned attacks against medical facilities and personnel in conflict situations; and also recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on related topics, particularly, Press Statement [PSC/PR/BR. (DCCLXXV)] adopted at its 775th meeting held on 31 May 2018;  
Further recalling Article 4 (c) of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, which provides for respect for the rule of law, fundamental human rights and freedoms, the sanctity of human life, and international humanitarian law, and Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which speaks to the right to an adequate standard of living as well as the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and their additional protocols;
Mindful that the persistence of armed conflict has a debilitating impact on the socio-economic development of the Continent and in this regard, affirming its unwavering commitment to the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa as a prerequisite for the realization of the aspirations enshrined in Agenda 2063;
Reiterating its commitment to implement all initiatives on “Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2030”, accompanied with concerted efforts to comprehensively address the fundamental root causes of conflicts and violence in the Continent;
Reaffirming the AU solidarity with the governments and people of Member States in their aspirations to restore peace, stability and development in their respective countries and also reiterating the commitment of the AU to respect the sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of the Member States;
Noting the opening statement made by H.E Ambassador Mohammed Omar Gad, Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Chairperson of the PSC for November 2021, and statement by H.E Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political, Peace and Security;
Also noting the statement by H.E Ms Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office to the AU, as well as statements by the representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the representative of Doctors without Borders;