The African Union's policy offers no wriggle room for a discretionary response to coups, a scourge that imperils the consolidation of democracy.
As civil rights are trampled on, the Egyptian parliament is on the verge of endorsing his rule until 2034.
Given the range of support for President Omar al-Bashir it isn't surprising that he's managed to resist pressure to step down.
The news of Saif al-Islam's release should be taken with a pinch of salt. During the past six years of warfare in Libya the fabrication of news has become common practice.
Western leaders insist that engaging with authoritarian regimes promotes human rights. They are missing the point.
Two years ago, on August 14, more than 800 protesters against a coup were massacred in Cairo. A court recently upheld the death sentence for Egypt's ousted elected leader.