The Concept of Human Rights in Africa

The Concept of Human Rights in Africa

1 The dominant discourse

Author: Issa G. Shivji

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9781870784023

Category: Philosophy

Page: 126

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1 The dominant discourse
Categories: Philosophy

Human Rights in Africa

Human Rights in Africa

Editors ' Preface Most of the essays in this volume were presented at a workshop
on cross - cultural perspectives on human rights in Africa which we organized at
the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars , Washington , D.C. , on ...

Author: Abdullahi Ahmed An-naim

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815715633

Category: Political Science

Page: 399

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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.
Categories: Political Science

Human Rights in Africa

Human Rights in Africa

To complicate matters, some have argued about the relevance of human rights in
Africa. Many human rights authors on Africa argue that human rights are not
universal, but a Western idea that should apply to non- Western nations in a way
 ...

Author: Richard Amoako Baah

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761817549

Category: Political Science

Page: 122

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Human Rights in Africa is an in depth examination of the concept of human rights as it is applied in the world today, with a focus on Africa. Though the goals of human rights are to benefit mankind, the concept is not devoid of ideology and a particular social orientation. The ethos of the concept as formulated today in a world of disproportionate resources, avarice, competition, and greed, makes it difficult to implement in certain societies. The intellectualization of the concept has made it easy for many to lose sight of the fact that human rights should ultimately be linked to how best human dignity can be protected in a particular society given the realities of that society, as opposed to an artificial imposition of a rigid regime on peoples who do not understand what the concept means.
Categories: Political Science

The Issue Of Human Rights In Africa

The Issue Of Human Rights In Africa

In sum, protection of human rights in Africa since the pre-colonial, colonial, and
post-colonial have proved that their where misunderstanding or ignorance in
term of what human rights should mean, current Africa should respect and protect
the ...

Author: Girma Yohannes Iyassu Menelik

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656714538

Category: Law

Page: 302

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Human rights as a legal concept and codification of human dignity were late to arrive in Africa. Its evolution on this continent is to be seen against the background of the dynamic development of human rights within the United Nations system and that of international law, although the impetus of this evolution is owed to the struggles within African states in the pre-colonial, colonial and post-independence eras. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law, general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups. Human rights are inalienable. They should not be taken away, except in specific situations and according to due process. For example, the right to liberty may be restricted if a person is found guilty of a crime by a court of law. Interdependent and indivisible: All human rights are indivisible, whether they are civil and political rights, such as the right to life, equality before the law and freedom of expression; economic, social and cultural rights, such as the rights to work, social security and education, or collective rights, such as the rights to development and self-determination, are indivisible, interrelated and interdependent. The improvement of one right facilitates advancement of the others. Likewise, the deprivation of one right adversely affects the others. Equal and non-discriminatory. : Non-discrimination is a crosscutting principle in international human rights law. The principle is present in all the major human rights treaties and provides the central theme of some of international human rights conventions such as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Human Rights as parts of moral discourse have significant implication on content of political, social and economic life of human beings.
Categories: Law

Using Human Rights to Change Tradition

Using Human Rights to Change Tradition

Consensus, for instance, appears to be lacking on fundamental concepts, such
as universal human dignity and universal ... for instance, suggests that human
dignity and human rights are not coterminous and that the African concept of
human ...

Author: Corinne A. A. Packer

Publisher: Intersentia nv

ISBN: 9789050952262

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.
Categories: Law

Dictionary of Human Rights Advocacy Organizations in Africa

Dictionary of Human Rights Advocacy Organizations in Africa

Emerging Human Rights. Westport/London: Greenwood Press, 1990. Shivji, Issa
G. The Concept of Human Rights in Africa. London: Council for the Development
of Economic and Social Research in Africa [CODESRIA] Books, 1989. Sock ...

Author: Santosh C. Saha

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313309450

Category: History

Page: 200

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Appendix I: African States with Consitutional Human Rights Provisions
Categories: History

Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice

Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice

Different societies formulate their conception of human rights in diverse cultural
idioms " ( Legesse 1980 : 124 ) . In fact the differences are matters of concept and
practice . African societies had concepts and practices of human dignity that ...

Author: Jack Donnelly

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801487765

Category: Law

Page: 290

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(unseen), $12.95. Donnelly explicates and defends an account of human rights as universal rights. Considering the competing claims of the universality, particularity, and relativity of human rights, he argues that the historical contingency and particularity of human rights is completely compatible with a conception of human rights as universal moral rights, and thus does not require the acceptance of claims of cultural relativism. The book moves between theoretical argument and historical practice. Rigorous and tightly-reasoned, material and perspectives from many disciplines are incorporated. Paper edition Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Categories: Law

Human Rights in Africa

Human Rights in Africa

a threat to the concept of “rights.”15 The African Charter departs from the premise
that rights and duties inevitably exist concomitantly. The Preamble draws the
inference that “the enjoyment of rights and freedoms also implies the
performance ...

Author: Eunice N. Sahle

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137519153

Category: Political Science

Page: 335

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This edited collection explores key human rights themes and situates them in the context of developments on the African continent. It examines critical debates in human rights bringing together conceptually and empirically rich contributions from leading thinkers in human rights and African studies. Drawing on scholarly insights from the fields of constitutional law, human rights, development, feminist studies, public health, and media studies, the volume contributes to scholarly debates on constitutionalism, the right to water, securitization of development, environmental and transitional justice, sexual rights, conflict and gender-based violence, the right to development, and China’s deepening role in Africa. Consequently, it makes an important scholarly intervention on timely issues pertaining to the African continent and beyond.
Categories: Political Science

Human Rights in Life and Death

Human Rights in Life and Death

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality,
place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, ... Nevertheless,
there are some who argue that the concept of human rights is foreign to Africa.

Author: Oladele O. Arowolo

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781453504604

Category: Social Science

Page: 379

View: 219

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Categories: Social Science

Democracy and Human Rights in Africa

Democracy and Human Rights in Africa

Chapter 3 The Politics Of Federalism, Self-Determination, And Secession: Is The
Cameroon Administration Above International Human Rights Law Too? In many
ways, pronouncements about national unity and national identity [in Cameroon ...

Author: Peter Ateh-Afac Fossungu

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9789956790159

Category: Political Science

Page: 238

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Since the mid-1980s, there has been much federalism talk in Cameroon where federation (said to have been created in Foumban in 1961) had supposedly been 'overwhelmingly' rejected in 1972 by Cameroonians. 'Confusioncracy' is the one good term that could conveniently explain it. Written with the trilogy of criticism, provocation, and construction in mind, this book aims at reconstructing a new and vigorous society in Cameroon that ensures respect for fundamental human rights and certain basic shared values. Much as the book centres on the Anglophone Problem; it is principally about human rights and their excessive violations - the direct result of the absence of separation of powers and constitutionalism. It largely condemns Cameroon's government for incessantly singing democracy and rule of law at the same time as it is massively torturing and wantonly killing citizens that dare to question the confusion. While sharing the position that a state like Cameroon must be seen to ensure that its laws and other practices accord with its international commitments, the book nonetheless strives to apportion the blame for Cameroon's human rights catastrophe accordingly; showing how the English-speaking minority itself, generally speaking, contributes to a large extent in propping up the dictatorship that is oppressing not only that minority but Cameroonians at large. The book challenges Cameroon to assume a leadership role in uniting Africans through meaningful federalization rather than further splitting them into incapable mini-states on the challenging world stage.
Categories: Political Science

Human Rights Race and Resistance in Africa and the African Diaspora

Human Rights  Race  and Resistance in Africa and the African Diaspora

This book addresses these issues and their connections to social justice, discrimination, and equality movements.

Author: Toyin Falola

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781134849475

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

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Africans and their descendants have long been faced with abuse of their human rights, most frequently due to racism or racialized issues. Consequently, understanding shifting conceptualizations of race and identity is essential to understanding how people of color confronted these encounters. This book addresses these issues and their connections to social justice, discrimination, and equality movements. From colonial abuses or their legacies, black people around the world have historically encountered discrimination, and yet they do not experience injustice opaquely. The chapters in this book explore and clarify how Africans, and their descendants, struggled to achieve agency despite long histories of discrimination. Contributors draw upon a range of case studies related to resistance, and examine these in conjunction with human rights and the concept of race to provide a thorough exploration of the diasporic experience. Human Rights, Race, and Resistance in Africa and the African Diaspora will appeal to students and scholars of Ethnic and Racial Studies, African History, and Diaspora Studies.
Categories: Social Science

Examining Human Rights Issues and the Democracy Project in Sub Saharan Africa

Examining Human Rights Issues and the Democracy Project in Sub Saharan Africa

“Making Waves: The Political Impact of Human Rights Groups in Northern Africa,”
Journal ofModern African Studies, Vol. 29 (1991): 481-504. Wanda, B. P. “The
One-Party State and the Protection of Human Rights in Africa with Particular ...

Author: E. Ike Udogu

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739186961

Category: Political Science

Page: 254

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This book emphasizes the symbiotic relation between the practice of human rights and democracy. In short, human rights practice furthers democracy, and the successful implementation of both promotes stability and economic development necessary for the prospects for progress in the sub-Saharan region of Africa in the twenty-first century.
Categories: Political Science

Displacing Human Rights

Displacing Human Rights

Issa Shivji, in The Concept of Human Rights in Africa, argues that human rights—
flexible, ambiguous, and often contradictory—can be drawn on to construct a
wide array of different discourses that, by emphasizing different rights and agents
 ...

Author: Adam Branch

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199782156

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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Today, Western intervention is a ubiquitous feature of violent conflict in Africa. Humanitarian aid agencies, community peacebuilders, microcredit promoters, children's rights activists, the World Bank, the International Criminal Court, the US military, and numerous others have involved themselves in African conflicts, all claiming to bring peace and human rights to situations where they are desperately needed. However, according to Adam Branch, Western intervention is not the solution to violence in Africa. Instead, it can be a major part of the problem, often undermining human rights and even prolonging war and intensifying anti-civilian violence. Based on an extended case study of Western intervention into northern Uganda's twenty-year civil war, and drawing on his own extensive research and human rights activism there, this book lays bare the reductive understandings motivating Western intervention in Africa, the inadequate tools it insists on employing, its refusal to be accountable to African citizenries, and, most important, its counterproductive consequences for peace, human rights, and justice. In short, Branch demonstrates how Western interventions undermine the efforts Africans themselves are undertaking to end violence in their communities. The book does not end with critique, however. Motivated by a commitment to global justice, it proposes concrete changes for Western humanitarian, peacebuilding, and justice interventions. It also offers a new normative framework for re-orienting the Western approach to violent conflict in Africa around a practice of genuine solidarity.
Categories: Political Science

Human Rights Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Human Rights  Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Studies focusing on the detailed understanding of non-Western cultures have
examined the issue of human rights from anthropological and philosophical
perspectives. The contributions ... Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural
Perspectives.

Author: Oxford University Press

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199803986

Category: Social Science

Page: 24

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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In Islamic studies, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of the Islamic religion and Muslim cultures. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.aboutobo.com.
Categories: Social Science

Human Rights the Rule of Law and Development in Africa

Human Rights  the Rule of Law  and Development in Africa

Theory. of. Applied. Cultural. Relativism. in. Human. Rights. N. Barney. Pityana.
Zimbabwean courts have recently handed down judgments that have gotten
women's rights activists up in arms. Vennia Magaya sued her halfbrotl1er for her
 ...

Author: Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812204513

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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Changes in human rights environments in Africa over the past decade have been facilitated by astounding political transformations: the rise of mass movements and revolts driven by democratic and developmentalist ideals, as well as mass murder and poverty perpetuated by desperate regimes and discredited global agencies. Human Rights, the Rule of Law, and Development in Africa seeks to make sense of human rights in Africa through the lens of its triumphs and tragedies, its uneven developments and complex demands. The volume makes a significant contribution to the debate about the connections between the protection of human rights and the pursuit of economic development by interrogating the paradigms, politics, and practices of human rights in Africa. Throughout, the essays emphasize that democratic and human rights regimes are products of concrete social struggles, not simply textual or legal discourses. Including some of Africa's leading scholars, jurists, and human rights activists, contributors to the volume diverge from Western theories of African democratization by rejecting the continental view of an Africa blighted by failure, disease, and economic malaise. It argues instead that Africa has strengthened and shaped international law, such as the right to self-determination, inspired by the process of decolonization, and the definition of the refugee. Insisting on the holistic view that human rights are as much about economic and social rights as they are about civil and political rights, the contributors offer novel analyses of African conceptions, experiences, and aspirations of human rights which manifest themselves in complex global, regional, and local idioms. Further, they explore the varied constructions of human rights in African and Western discourses and the roles played by states and NGOs in promoting or subverting human rights. Combining academic analysis with social concern, intellectual discourse with civic engagement, and scholarly research with institution building, this is a compelling and original approach to the question whether externally inspired solutions to African human rights issues have validity in a postcolonial world.
Categories: Political Science

Human Rights of Women

Human Rights of Women

African Women's Economic , Social , and Cultural Rights — Toward a Relevant
Theory and Practice Adetoun O. Ilumoka Introduction The assertion of rights
presumes their existing or probable violation , and a desire to remedy or prevent
 ...

Author: Rebecca J. Cook

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812215389

Category: Political Science

Page: 634

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Asia - Sara Hossain
Categories: Political Science

Human Rights Law in Africa

Human Rights Law in Africa

This book provides an overview of the primary legal instruments relevant to the
protection of human rights in Africa, reflecting the position which prevailed on 1
January 1996. It does so on three levels. First, on a global level, the status of the
 ...

Author: Christof Heyns

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9789041102874

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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Introduction.
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African Studies in Russia

African Studies in Russia

Works of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Amvrosova, M.N.. Dmitri Bondarenko "UNIVERSAL" CONCEPT OF HUMAN
RIGHTS AND "AFRICAN SPECIFICS"* I consider it necessary to formulate the
problems ...

Author: Amvrosova, M.N.

Publisher: MeaBooks

ISBN: 9780993996948

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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The publication is the latest in the African Studies in Russia series of compilations and contains full articles and annotations of the most important - from the point of view of editors - works of Russian Africanists over a certain period. The authors work at the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The present issue covers the years 2010 to 2013 and consists of two sections. The first section presents conceptual articles on Africa published in authoritative journals. The second section offers synopses of books by Russian authors on economics, cultural anthropology, social and political development, gender studies, and international relations of African countries. The main objective of the triennial series of compilations is to introduce new findings of Russian Africanists to interested foreign scholars who do not speak Russian.
Categories: Social Science

Human Rights in Commonwealth Africa

Human Rights in Commonwealth Africa

... capitalist or Western countries deny the concept of economic rights is merely a
misreading of the political history of welfare capitalist states? Or is it instead a
convenient rhetorical device for justifying self-serving denials of civil and political
rights by African ruling classes? ... Much of the book, moreover, will discuss
articles of the 1981 African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights that parallel
articles of ...

Author: Rhoda E. Howard

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0847674339

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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Categories: Political Science

Democratization and the Protection of Human Rights in Africa

Democratization and the Protection of Human Rights in Africa

It was also an occasion to articulate and give renewed focus to the concepts of
democratic development, people's solidarity and creativity and self-reliance and
to formulate policy recommendations for national governments, popular ...

Author: Brendalyn P. Ambrose

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 027595143X

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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Chapter 2. Emerging Concepts
Categories: Political Science