The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: The System in Practice, 1986-2000

The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: The System in Practice, 1986-2000

The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: The System in Practice, 1986-2000

The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: The System in Practice, 1986-2000

Synopsis

Collaborators to this volume include experts involved in the implementation of the African Charter--commissioners, NGOs and academics--who evaluate it as an operational system in practice. Chapters cover the Charter's reporting system, the Commission's interpretation of different rights, prospects for the African Court on Human and People's Rights and the role of NGOs. This authoritative, comprehensive book will interest lawyers acting for government and non-governmental organizations, as well as academics and post-graduates.

Excerpt

The African human rights system has not generated the same degree of interest as other regional human rights systems. Although it is often compared with the European and Inter-American mechanisms – often unfavourably – comparatively little attention has been given to the details of its practical operation and it is rare indeed to find evaluations of the African system that are based on such material. This collection of essays aims to address this gap by presenting and examining the system from a practical perspective, drawing on the expertise of those who worked closely in or alongside it. The contributors have therefore largely been drawn from the small number of those actively involved in the practical work of the African Charter, including Commissioners, NGOs, those with connections with the Secretariat and those with interests of an academic nature. Each brings a different perspective and their experience ensures that their contributions move beyond presentation and speculation to provide informed comment and analysis of topics, which have been selected both for their individual interest and for their contribution towards a rounded understanding of the African system.

One reason why so few have written on these topics in the past was the paucity of information produced by the central organ, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, concerning its work. However, for a number of years now, the jurisprudence and material emanating from this body has been expanding and there now exists a considerable body of publicly available information, knowledge of which has hitherto largely remained restricted to those closely involved in its work. It is hoped that this collection of essays will play a useful role in bringing this to a wider audience, not only in Europe but also in Africa, in academic circles, and beyond. It is to be hoped that it will prove useful both to those who engage with the . . .

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