Human Rights in Africa: From the OAU to the African Union by Rachel MurrayHuman Rights in Africa: From the OAU to the African Union by Rachel Murray

Human Rights in Africa: From the OAU to the African Union

byRachel Murray

Hardcover | January 10, 2005

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This work examines the role of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union, and how it has dealt with human rights since its inception in 1963. It considers the role of its main institutions both under the OAU and its transformation into the African Union. The book is divided into chapters examining various themes including the rights of women, the rights of the child, the concept of democracy and the right to development. Written by a leading human rights scholar, this book is essential reading for lawyers acting for African states, and for foreign governments and NGOs active in Africa, as well as being of interest to international and comparative human rights scholars.
Rachel Murray is Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol. She also works on national human rights commissions.
Title:Human Rights in Africa: From the OAU to the African UnionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.94 inPublished:January 10, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521839173

ISBN - 13:9780521839174


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Historical overview of human rights in the OAU/AU; 2. The relationship between the OAU/AU and the African Commission on human and peoples' rights; 3. The link between human rights and democracy; 4. The relationship between conflict and human rights; 5. Women and the OAU/AU; 6. Children's rights in the OAU/AU; 7. Refugees and human rights; 8. Development, NEPAD and human rights; 9. Conclusion; Appendix I. Charter of the Organization of African Unity; Appendix II. Constitutive Act of the African Union; Appendix III. African Charter on human and peoples' rights; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Human Rights in Africa is an important and worthy addition to the currently sparse but growing literature on the institutions concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights on the African continent. The book is excellent. It is a must read for anyone concerned with the role that African international institutions have played and can play in the struggle for human rights." Obiora Chinedu Okafor, York University, African Studies Review