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Instruments of the AU

Article XIII: Denunciation
1.
Any member state party to this Convention may denounce its provisions
by a written notification to the Administrative Secretary-General.
2.
At the end of one year from the date of such notification, if not
withdrawn, the Convention shall cease to apply with respect to the
denouncing state.
Article XIV: [Registration with the United Nations]
Upon entry into force of this Convention, the Administrative SecretaryGeneral of the OAU shall register it with the Secretary-General of the United
Nations, in accordance with article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations.
Article XV: Notifications by the Administrative Secretary-General of the
Organization of African Unity
The Administrative Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity
shall inform all members of the Organization:
(a) of signatures, ratifications and accessions in accordance with article X;
(b) of entry into force, in accordance with article XI;
(c) of requests for amendments submitted under the terms of article XII;
(d) of denunciations, in accordance with article XIII.
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African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the
Child (1990/1999)
Adopted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 11 July 1990 and entered into force on 29
November 1999. The African Children’s Charter is similar to the UN Convention on
the Rights of the Child. However, persons under the age of 18 years are protected
to a higher level under the African Children’s Charter, which also provides an
individual complaint procedure. The African Children’s Charter has its own
monitoring body, the Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, which held
its first meeting in 2002.

Preamble
The African member states of the Organization of African Unity, parties to the
present Charter entitled ‘African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the
Child’,
Considering that the Charter of the Organization of African Unity recognised
the paramountcy of human rights and the African Charter on Human and
Peoples’ Rights proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the
rights and freedoms recognised and guaranteed therein, without distinction
of any kind such as race, ethnic group, colour, sex, language, religion,
political or any other opinion, national and social origin, fortune, birth or
other status;
Recalling [that] the Declaration on the Rights and Welfare of the African Child
(AHG/ST 4 Rev. 1) adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government
of the Organization of African Unity, at its sixteenth ordinary session in

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