As a group, our long-term vision is to set up a Pan African Society of Young Professionals for Justice and Ethics. The organization will act as a technical entity to provide the African Union and individual States with expertise in strengthening of justice, setting-up and implementing good governance, accountability, and transparency policies and relating best practices. The members of this project recognize that the positive change we need in Africa requires both institutional and individual commitment to justice and ethics. In other words, instead of dealing only with individuals in high leadership position in Africa, the organization also will emphasize building a strong relationship with Pan African public institutions, States and local governments.
We aim to promote the culture of compliance with the rule of law at all levels of African Society. We want to resurrect the concept of MAAT, which had been popularized in Egypt during the third millennium before Christ. According to some worldwide well-known scholars, before the slave trade, the African society was constructed under the respect of human rights and justice. From the concept of MAAT and the 42 commandments in Egypt, the Charta of Mendé in Mali to the concept of Ubuntu, in South Africa, justice appears repeatedly as the legacy of the first people who populated the continent. Our online platform follows the spirit of that legacy to keep the flame of justice burning forever everywhere in Africa.
It is expected that this online platform serves as a reservoir of information, best practices and peer review on justice reforms across the continent of Africa.
1 According to some scholars, the concept of MAAT in Egyptology was used to personify the spirit of justice and rule of law. Symbolically the MAAT was represented by a woman (common symbol of justice even used by modern civilizations) with an ostrich’s feather (Yoporeka SOMET, Egyptian moral mind of the third millennium before Christ, Egyptology and African civilizations review, number 12/13, 2003-2004, p.18; Siegfried MORENZ, Egyptian religion: Interpretation essay, Paris, Payot, 1977, p.157). The various meanings applied by Egyptians to the concept of MAAT integrate the modern concepts of justice, rule of law, transparency, accountability, good governance and truth.
2 The 42 commandments are well-known under the name of The Book of the Dead which contains formulas to facilitate the access of the dead beyond the curtain of the time. The rules codified within reveals the importance Egyptians gave to the rule of law in their communities.
3 The charter of Mende is a corpus of rules adopted by Soundjata Keita and his fellows after the defeat of king Soumangourou, in 1222 A.C. We can list among those rules the universal brotherhood, the prohibition of slavery and tyranny, the obligation to protect the weak.