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A guide to the African human rights system: Celebrating 30 years since the entry into force of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights 1986 - 2016

A guide to the African human rights system: Celebrating 30 years since the entry into force of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights 1986 - 2016
Edited by Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
2016
ISBN: 978-1-92053-56-9
Pages: 80
Print version: Available
Electronic version: Free PDF available

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About the publication

This guide is launched on 21 October 2016, as part of the African Union’s Year of Human Rights, with a focus on the rights of women. It provides an overview of the developments related to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, its supervisory body, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as well as the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and its supervisory body, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The guide aims to both chart the most salient historical developments, and provide an accessible introduction to the African human rights system.

It has been prepared by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Centre acknowledges the important contributions of Victor Ayeni and Doris Sonsiama in preparing the 2011 edition of this guide (Celebrating the Africa Charter at 30). Contributors to this version of the guide include Chairman Okoloise, Biau-Im Tin, Kyoung-hwa Lee and Tshepo Cyril Phanyane.

The Centre for Human Rights is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation (NGO) accorded observer status with the African Commission. The Centre teaches academic programmes and engages in research, advocacy and training on human rights, with a specific focus on Africa. Its flagship programmes are the Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa and the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition. For more information, visit www.chr.up.ac.za


Table of Contents

  • The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and further standards
  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
  • The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
  • List of abbreviations
  • Bibliography

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