African Disability Rights Yearbook Volume 5 2017
Edited by Charles Ngwena, Ilze Grobbelaar‐du Plessis, Helene Combrinck and Serges Djoyou Kamga
ISSN: 2311-8970
E-ISSN: 2413-7138
Pages: 224
Print version: Available
Electronic version: Free PDF available


About the publication

The African Disability Rights Yearbook addresses disability rights within the foundational structure laid down by the inaugural issue. The structure comprises a tripartite division between: articles; country reports; and shorter commentaries on recent regional and sub-regional developments.

The African Disability Rights Yearbook aims to advance disability scholarship. Coming in the wake of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it is the first peer-reviewed journal to focus exclusively on disability as human rights on the African continent. It provides an annual forum for scholarly analysis on issues pertaining to the human rights of persons with disabilities.

It is also a source for country-based reports as well as commentaries on recent developments in the field of disability rights in the African region.

The African Disability Rights Yearbook publishes peer-reviewed contributions dealing with the rights of persons with disabilities and related topics, with specific relevance to Africa, Africans and scholars of Africa.

The Yearbook appears annually under the aegis of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

The Yearbook is an open access online publication, see

About the editors:

Charles Ngwena is Professor, Department of Constitutional Law and Legal Philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of the Free State, South Africa.
Ilze Grobbelaar‐du Plessis is a senior lecturer and holds the degrees BIuris LLB LLM LLD from the University of Pretoria.
Helene Combrinck is Associate Professor at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, University of the Western Cape.
Serges Djoyou Kamgais is Senior Lecturer at TMALI (UNISA).

Table of Contents




  •  The Basic Education Act of 2013 as a tool for advancing early childhood development and education for children with disabilities in Kenya 
  •  Mirriam Nthenge
  •   ‘Access to justice of children with disabilities in defilement cases; a myth or reality?’ 
  •  Bernadette Malunga, Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo & Ngcimezile Mbano-Mweso
  •  The socio-economic rights of children with disabilities in South Africa: A comparison between the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  •  Zita Hansungule & Trynie Boezaart
  •  ‘De-stigmatising psychosocial disabilities in South Africa’ 
  •  Faraaz Mahomed & Michael Ashley Stein
  •  Mental illness, stigma and disability rights in Ghana
  •  Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy & Jeff Grischow
  •  Albinism in Africa: A proposed conceptual framework to understand and effectively address a continental crisis’
  •  Mark P Mostert & Martha M Weich
  •  The identity question versus appropriateness of legal anti-discrimination measures: Endorsing the disability rights approach to albinism 
  •  Abdallah Possi & Ally Possi


  •  Djibouti 
  •  Djibril Ismail Cher
  •  Madagascar 
  •  Isambilo Rabearison-Andrianjara


  •  The right to the highest attainable standard of mental health in selected African countries: A commentary on how selected mental health laws fare against article 25 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 
  •  Elizabeth Kamundia
  •  Disability rights developments in the East African Community post-2012 
  •  Damalie Naggita-Musoke


  •  Elizabeth Barnes- Minority body: A theory of disability
  •  Charles Ngwena



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