Human Rights, Regionalism and the Dilemmas of Democracy in Africa

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Pub. Date: 2006-09-30
Publisher(s): Lightning Source Inc
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It has often been argued that the concept of human rights is an artefact of modern Western civilisation, that human rights in the South are privileges conferred. These approaches have taken little cognisance of the place accorded to the societal rights held in such esteem as complementary to individual rights in traditional African society. In contrast, this study argues that human rights in Africa are as much about the dignity of Africans as about the commitments of others towards them. It argues for a critical defence of universal human rights within a multicultural framework. From historical perspectives, it illustrates how the slave trade, and then colonialism undermined the traditional balance of individual and societal rights.

Table of Contents

Introduction : human rights, regionalism and the dilemmas of democracy in Africap. 1
Beyond commitments, towards practical actionp. 19
The institutional consolidation of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights : challenges and progress madep. 23
New challenges and opportunities for human rights promotion and protection in Africap. 41
Human rights and development in Africa : new contexts, challenges and opportunitiesp. 57
Expanding the human rights regime in Africa : citizens, indigenes and exclusion in Nigeriap. 97
Strengthening the African Commission in Human and Peoples' Rights : procedures, mechanisms, partnerships and implementationp. 112
The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the new organs of the African Unionp. 154
Strengthening the African Commission : procedures and partnershipsp. 171
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