Human Rights in Commonwealth Africa

Author: Rhoda E. Howard,Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847674336

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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Protecting Human Rights in Africa

Roles and Strategies of Nongovernmental Organizations

Author: Claude E. Welch, Jr.

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812217803

Category: Political Science

Page: 376

View: 4176

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1996 Since the 1950s, sub-Saharan Africa has been the site of profound political changes initiated by ascendant nationalism and rapid decolonization. With this new beginning came fresh challenges involving many crucial aspects of human rights: self-determination; civil and political rights, including government legitimacy; military involvement in African politics; and unfulfilled basic needs that have cried out for economic and social development. Protecting Human Rights in Africa is the first major comparative study of the way human rights NGOs have brought revolutionary change south of the Sahara. Governments are both the most important protectors and abusers of human rights, while NGOs have become the most effective detectives in discovering abuses and the most active advocates in seeking solutions.

The Zambian Bill of Rights

An Historical and Comparative Study of Human Rights in Commonwealth Africa

Author: Lawrence S. Zimba

Publisher: N.A


Category: Civil rights

Page: 288

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Human Rights in Africa

Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Author: Abdullahi Ahmed An-naim,Francis M. Deng

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815715634

Category: Political Science

Page: 399

View: 1763

This powerful volume challenges the conventional view that the concept of human rights is peculiar to the West and, therefore, inherently alien to the non-Western traditions of third world countries. This book demonstrates that there is a contextual legitimacy for the concept of human rights. Virginia A. Leary and Jack Donnelly discuss the Western cultural origins of international human rights; David Little, Bassam Tibi, and Ann Elizabeth Mayer explore Christian and Islamic perspectives on human rights; Rhoda E. Howard, Claude E. Welch, Jr., and James C. N. Paul examine human rights in the context of the African nation-state; Kwasi Wiredu, James Silk, and Francis M. Deng offer African cultural perspectives; and Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im and Richard D. Schwartz discuss prospects for a cross-cultural approach to human rights.

Abdication of Responsibility

The Commonwealth and Human Rights

Author: Human Rights Watch (Organization)

Publisher: Human Rights Watch

ISBN: 9781564320476

Category: Political Science

Page: 75

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A Handbook for Gender-Inclusive Elections in Commonwealth Africa

Achieving 50:50 by 2030

Author: Commonwealth Secretariat

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

ISBN: 1849291780

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

View: 8888

A Handbook for Gender-Inclusive Elections in Commonwealth Africa: Achieving 50:50 by 2030 reviews the systems, legislation and best practice that will need to be implemented and effectively monitored to get more women into politics and help to realise Sustainable Development Goal 5 – achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Using Human Rights to Change Tradition

Traditional Practices Harmful to Women's Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Corinne A. A. Packer

Publisher: Intersentia nv

ISBN: 9050952267

Category: Law

Page: 259

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This study seeks to establish the strengths and weaknesses of the human rights approach within the specific context of sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on women as a group and their reproductive health. This book gives an inter-disciplinary and well-founded study on the human rights violations still occurring.

Democratic Reform in Africa

Its Impact on Governance & Poverty Alleviation

Author: Muna Ndulo

Publisher: James Currey Publishers

ISBN: 0852559453

Category: Africa

Page: 304

View: 840

Is democratic governance is well on the way to becoming a global entitlement, one that is increasingly promoted and protected by the collective international process?

Economic Rights in Canada and the United States

Author: Rhoda Howard-Hassmann,Claude E. Welch, Jr.

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812220935

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 5722

Readers in Western developed countries are most familiar with abuses of political and civil rights, but the international human rights regime also embraces a set of laws regarding economic rights. These rights include the right to work and to just and favorable working conditions; the right to join and form trade unions; the right to social security; specific rights for the family; the right to an adequate standard of living, including food, clothing, housing, and "the continuous improvement of living conditions"; and the right to "the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health." In original essays by scholars senior and junior, this volume explains how these rights are realized—or violated—in Canada and the United States. Contributors analyze the philosophy, law, and politics of economic rights and discuss specific issues such as poverty, health care, and the rights of people with disabilities. Central to the problems of both countries are the human rights abuses evident in all contemporary capitalist societies. When the inequalities among citizens are not cushioned by a national commitment to economic rights, or when governments fail to maintain social safety nets for all citizens, economic rights are at risk. Contributors consider the problem from the perspective of their own countries: Canada, the United States, and, for contrast, the Netherlands. They do so in order to explore whether their own countries fall short of meeting international standards of economic rights. They also address the criticism often made by non-Western scholars of human rights—that their Western colleagues preach human rights abroad without regard to the human rights flaws at home.

South Africa’s Struggle for Human Rights

Author: Saul Dubow

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821444409

Category: History

Page: 160

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The human rights movement in South Africa’s transition to a postapartheid democracy has been widely celebrated as a triumph for global human rights. It was a key aspect of the political transition, often referred to as a miracle, which brought majority rule and democracy to South Africa. The country’s new constitution, its Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the moral authority of Nelson Mandela stand as exemplary proof of this achievement. Yet, less than a generation after the achievement of freedom, the status of human rights and constitutionalism in South Africa is uncertain. In government the ANC has displayed an inconsistent attitude to the protection, and advancement, of hard-won freedoms and rights, and it is not at all clear that a broader civic and political consciousness of the importance of rights is rooting itself more widely in popular culture.

Gender and Human Rights in the Commonwealth

Some Critical Issues for Action in the Decade 2005-2015

Author: Commonwealth Secretariat

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

ISBN: 9780850928082

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 1729

This book brings together the papers commissioned for a Pan-Commonwealth Expert Group Meeting on Gender and Human Rights which took place at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London in February 2004. These papers, together with other key background papers, represent much of the analysis and experience from Commonwealth member countries that informed the development of the Human Rights section of the new Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015. The papers address a wide range of Gender and Human Rights issues, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), gender-based violence, culture and the law, indigenous peoples, trafficking and migration, land and property rights, diversity, and a life cycle approach to gender and human rights. The contributors include government policymakers, judges, lawyers, academics, representatives of civil society organizations, and specialists from multilateral agencies including the Commonwealth Secretariat. The purpose of this book is to contribute to current policymaking, program planning and implementation on Gender and Human Rights. It is intended for a wide audience of policymakers, magistrates, judges and lawyers, academics, and civil society organizations grappling with these issues. It is also intended as a conceptual and policy-oriented resource for those committed to implementing and supporting the Human Rights goals of the new Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015.

Beiträge Zum Islamischen Recht VII

Islam und Menschenrechte

Author: Hatem Elliesie

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631578483

Category: Law

Page: 578

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Contributions in German and English, with Arabic summaries.

Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence

Sixth Judicial Colloquium on the Domestic Application of International Human Rights Norms

Author: Commonwealth Secretariat

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

ISBN: 9780850924190

Category: Law

Page: 216

View: 5500

One of an eight-volume series recording the development of international jurisprudence in human rights issues and, in particular, the domestic application of international human rights norms. Discussion focused on recent developments in international human rights jurisprudence and norms from which judges and lawyers are beginning, increasingly, to draw to augment the domestic law of their jurisdictions.

Childhoods at the Intersection of the Local and the Global

Author: Afua Twum-Danso Imoh,R. Ame

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137283343

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

View: 7756

Childhoods at the Intersection of the Local and the Global examines the imposition of the modern Western notion of childhood, which is now deemed as universal, on other cultures and explores how local communities react to these impositions in various ways such as manipulation, outright rejection and acceptance. The book discusses childhoods in different regions of the world and boasts a range of contributors from several academic disciplines such as Sociology, Social Work, Education, Anthropology, Criminology and Human Rights, who are experts on the regions they discuss. The book argues against the notion of a universal childhood and illustrates that different societies around the world have different notions of childhood. This book is recommended reading for students, scholars and practitioners working with children in the Global South as well as internationally.

Female Circumcision and the Politics of Knowledge

African Women in Imperialist Discourses

Author: Obioma Nnaemeka

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780897898652

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 1219

Heated debates about and insurgencies against female circumcision are symptoms of a disease emanating from a mindset that produced hierarchies of humans, conquered colonies, and built empires. The loss of colonies and empires does not in any way mitigate the ideological underpinnings of empire-building and the knowledge construction that subtends it. The mindset finds its articulation at points of coalescence. Female circumcision provided a point of coalescence and impetus for this articulation. Insisting that the hierarchy on which the imperialist project rests is not bipolar but multi-layered and more complex, the contributions in this volume demonstrate how imperialist discourses complicate issues of gender, race, and history. Nnaemeka gives voice to the silenced and marginalized, and creates space for them to participate in knowledge construction and theory making. The authors in this volume trace the travels of imperial and colonial discourses from antecedents in anthropology, travel writings, and missionary discourse, to modern configurations in films, literature, and popular culture. The contributors interrogate foreign, or Western, modus operandi and interventions in the so-called Third World and show how the resistance they generate can impede development work and undermine the true collaboration and partnership necessary to promote a transnational feminist agenda. With great clarity and in simple, accessible language, the contributors present complex ideas and arguments which hold significant implications for transnational feminism and development.