Human Rights in Commonwealth Africa

Author: N.A

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847674336

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth

Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change

Author: Corinne Lennox,Matthew Waites

Publisher: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

ISBN: 9780957354883

Category: Law

Page: 582

View: 9777

"Human rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity are at last reaching the heart of global debates. Yet 78 states worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex sexual behaviour, and due to the legal legacies of the British Empire, 42 of these - more than half - are in the Commonwealth of Nations. In recent years many states have seen the emergence of new sexual nationalisms, leading to increased enforcement of colonial sodomy laws against men, new criminalisations of sex between women and discrimination against transgender people. [This book] challenges these developments as the first book to focus on experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and all non-heterosexual people in the Commonwealth. The volume offers the most internationally extensive analysis to date of the global struggle for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual behaviour and relationships."--Abstract, website.

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: 6242

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.

Human Rights

Universality and Diversity

Author: Eva Brems

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9789041116185

Category: Law

Page: 574

View: 6080

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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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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

View: 953


South Africa’s Struggle for Human Rights

Author: Saul Dubow

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821444409

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 8054

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.

Decentralisation in Commonwealth Africa

Experiences from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania

Author: Janet Kathyola,Oluwatoyin Job

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

ISBN: 184929044X

Category: Political Science

Page: 291

View: 1598

Through detailed case studies of decentralisation policies in five sub-Saharan African countries - Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania - this book examines the challenges presented, lessons learned, and recommends ways to improve policy implementation.

Human Rights Law in Africa 1998

Author: Christof Heyns

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9789041115782

Category: Political Science

Page: 440

View: 1457

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Commonwealth Manual on Human Rights Training for Police

Author: Commonwealth Secretariat

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780850928280


Page: 234

View: 9889

This training resource has been developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat to promote a human rights-based approach to policing. It has been designed for use by police and law-enforcement trainers in Commonwealth countries in designing, developing, conducting and evaluating police training programmes at all levels. It will assist trainers to build human rights standards and considerations into regular police training.The manual includes chapters on policing and human rights in the context of counter-terrorism and dealing with the human rights responsibilities of prisons and penitentiary officers. Edited versions of the core applicable human rights institutions and UN codes of conduct have been included for ease of reference.

Human Rights Law in Africa, 1997

Volume 2

Author: Christof Heyns

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9041111131

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

View: 3178

The Human Rights Law in Africa Series captures the legal protection of human rights in Africa as it develops every year. Each annual volume covers the legal position in respect of human rights in Africa on the level of the United Nations, the Organisation of African Unity, & the national legal systems of all the countries in Africa, as it was on the first day of that year. The first volume covered the situation on 1 January 1996. It included charts of ratification & reprints of the most important international instruments, as well as the human rights provisions of the constitutions of the different countries. It did not include any commentary. This book, the second volume in the Series, covers the situation as it was on 1 January 1997. It contains documents not included before, updated charts of ratification, constitutional provisions enacted during the last year and--for the first time--extensive commentary on the African Charter system as well as the national legal systems of 12 African countries. This second volume consequently does not replace the first one, but supplements it, in the same way that future volumes will supplement this one. All the material included is new. The Series should be of immense value to judges, legal practitioners, academics, NGOs & members of legislatures & treaty-monitoring bodies dealing with human rights on the African continent. The main objective is to contribute towards the development of an indigenous African human rights jurisprudence, an essential precondition for the greater realisation of human rights norms in Africa.

Freedom of Expression, Assembly and Association

Best Practice

Author: Commonwealth Secretariat

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

ISBN: 9780850927221

Category: Law

Page: 42

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Freedom of expression, association and assembly are part of the constituent elements necessary for the establishment of democratic societies. They encompass the essential rights inherent in a democracy to establish and participate in political parties, trade unions and non-governmental organisations as well as freedom of the media. The right to demonstrate and protest forms an essential part of these rights.This publication considers factors which hinder the enjoyment of these rights and posits guidelines to overcome these hindrances. It examines the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression, assembly and association as set out in the international and regional instruments. In doing so, it examines such limitations of these rights which are necessary in a democratic society to ensure other fundamental rights are not infringed.An expert group was drawn up from across the Commonwealth to determine the standards applicable and how to effect them.

Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth

An Eastern and Southern African Perspective

Author: John Hatchard,Muna Ndulo,Peter Slinn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139451222

Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 8638

The central role that good, effective and capable governance plays in the economic and social development of a country is now widely recognised. Using the Commonwealth countries of eastern and southern Africa, this book analyses some of the key constitutional issues in the process of developing, strengthening and consolidating the capacity of states to ensure the good governance of their peoples. Utilising comparative material, the book seeks to draw lessons, both positive and negative, about the problems of constitutionalism in the region and, in doing so, critically addresses the legal issues involved in seeking to make constitutions 'work' in practice.

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: 4989

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.