Human Rights in Africa: From the OAU to the African Union - download pdf or read online

By Rachel Murray

This paintings examines the position of the association of African team spirit, now the African Union, and the way it has handled human rights because its inception in 1963. It considers the function of its major associations either lower than the OAU and its transformation into the African Union. The publication is split into chapters studying a variety of issues together with the rights of girls, the rights of the kid, the idea that of democracy and the fitting to improvement. Written through a number one human rights pupil, this booklet is vital examining for legal professionals appearing for African states, and for international governments and NGOs lively in Africa, in addition to being of curiosity to overseas and comparative human rights students.

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182 Indeed, the OAU/AU organs have continually stressed that it is for the African Commission on Human and 176 179 181 182 177 178 Article 3(f). Article 3(e) and (h). Article 4(i). 180 Article 4(l), (m), (o) and (p). Articles 3(k) and (n). 1, para. 14. 177(XXXVIII). 34 human rights in africa Peoples’ Rights first to consider its place within the Union and to inform the AU organs accordingly. What is perhaps more concerning is that, despite being mentioned in the substantive provisions of the Act, in relation to the mandates of the various institutions within the Union, human rights are not listed under any of them expressly.

145 In its seminal Declaration in 1990 on the Political and Socio-Economic Situation in Africa and the Fundamental Changes taking Place in the World146 the AHSG noted the changes in the relationship with the West to one of cooperation and the end of the Cold War. Several themes are apparent from this Declaration and feature in the later work of the OAU organs. It reflects a more holistic approach to human rights concerns and combines a number of issues that were relevant at the time. These included globalisation and the impact of the ‘increasing global tendency towards regional integration and the establishment of trading and economic blocs’147 on Africa.

Article 11. The others are: Peace and Security (Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution, and Combating Terrorism . ); Infrastructure and Energy (Energy, Transport, Communications, Infrastructure and Tourism . ); Social Affairs (Health, Children, Drug Control, Population, Migration, Labour and Employment, Sports and Culture . ); Human Resources, Science and Technology (Education, Information Technology Communication, Youth, Human Resources, Science and Technology . ); Trade and Industry (Trade, Industry, Customs and Immigration Matters .

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