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The African human rights system : challenges and prospects

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dc.contributor.advisor Mbata Betukumesu Mangu, André Ingange-wa-ingange, Jean Desire 2010-10-22T08:55:09Z 2010-10-22T08:55:09Z 2010-04
dc.identifier.citation Ingange-wa-ingange, Jean Desire (2010) The African human rights system : challenges and prospects, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The world has seen gradual evolution of regional human rights arrangements. The adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, was followed by the creation of numerous regional instruments that address concerns of particular importance in the regional context. Three world regions, Africa, the Americas and Europe, have established their respective regional instruments together with the supervisory mechanism, such as commissions and courts. The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, with its emphasis on group rights and individual duties challenges the Western liberal account of rights, as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The cultural differences brought to the fore not only the tension between individual and group rights but also the question as to whether of the universalism of human rights is possible. The study advocates for a moderate universalism of human rights, which can only be achieved through a dialogue among different cultural approaches to the notion of human rights. This study examines the content and substance of human rights norms of the African system with a view to recommending the possible strategies for their reform. Its central thesis is, the system is rather weak and therefore needs to be reformed. Toward this end, the study analyses the provisions of the African Charter. Thereafter, it explores its weaknesses and proposes strategies for their reform. The African human rights mechanisms face a number of common and particular challenges. Prospectively, Africa is going through a tremendous and interesting phase. These challenges are not insurmountable. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 408 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Human rights system en
dc.subject Cultural relativism en
dc.subject African commission en
dc.subject African court en
dc.subject Challenges and prospects en
dc.subject Universalism en
dc.subject.ddc 341.48096
dc.subject.lcsh Human rights -- Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Civil rights -- Africa
dc.subject.lcsh African Charter on Human and People 's Rights
dc.subject.lcsh African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
dc.subject.lcsh African Courts on Human and Peoples' Rights
dc.title The African human rights system : challenges and prospects en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Constitutional, International and Indigenous Law LL.D.

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