ISBN 9789991131061
Pages 68
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2002
Publisher Institute of Southern African Studies, Lesotho
Format Paperback

Measures of Safeguards under The Banjul Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

A Comparative Study

by A. M. Fanana

The Banjul Charter commonly known as the African Charter on Human and People's Rights was formally adopted in 1981. The rationale behind the treaty was to challenge Africa's own neglect of human rights abuses in the post-colonial period, and to urge members of the OAU, now the AU, to adopt a regional human rights instrument.

This paper presents a brief introduction to the tenants of the Banjul Charter, procedures and areas of divergence. It examines the rationale behind keeping the proceedings of relevant bodies confidential. It critically analyses the achievements of some African states in implementing human rights and their relationships with the OAU, and provides a view of what future role the AU might play in the protection process. Finally it assesses the chances for effective implementation of the treaty under the African system. The author argues that in accordance with UN policies regional protection of human rights should improve, and supplement the international protection provided by the UN; and that both levels of protection will therefore be strengthened.

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