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Code of Conduct for Armed Forces and Security Services in West Africa

The Supplementary Act on the Code of Conduct for Armed Forces and Security Services of ECOWAS (the Code of Conduct) is an effort, based on a partnership between DCAF and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, to provide specific confidence-building measures and minimal behavioural requirements for the armed and security forces in ECOWAS member states.

The Code of Conduct reaffirms democratic constitutional principles, human rights and international humanitarian law standards contained in international and ECOWAS regional treaties. It seeks to support a fundamental shift in the way security is perceived, managed, controlled and overseen, coupled with positive change in the attitude and conduct of security actors.

The ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission adopted the draft Code of Conduct in October 2006. It was later adopted by the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Security Services in May 2009 and by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers in August 2011.

 

Draft Code of Conduct [English version, French Version, Portuguese Version]