Human Rights Under African Constitutions: Realizing the Promise for Ourselves

Human Rights Under African Constitutions: Realizing the Promise for Ourselves

by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812236777

ISBN-13: 9780812236774

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Some of the most massive and persistent violations of human rights occur in African nations. In Human Rights Under African Constitutions: Realizing the Promise for Ourselves, scholars from a wide range of fields present a sober, systematic assessment of the prospects for legal protection of human rights in Africa. In a series of detailed and highly

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Some of the most massive and persistent violations of human rights occur in African nations. In Human Rights Under African Constitutions: Realizing the Promise for Ourselves, scholars from a wide range of fields present a sober, systematic assessment of the prospects for legal protection of human rights in Africa. In a series of detailed and highly contextual studies of Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Uganda, experts seek to balance the socioeconomic and political diversity of these nations while using the same theoretical framework of legal analysis for each case study.

Standards for human rights protection can be realized only through direct and strong support from a nation's legal and political institutions. The contributors to this volume uniformly conclude that a well-informed and motivated citizenry is the most powerful force for creating the political will necessary to effect change at the national level. In addition to a critical evaluation of the current state of human rights protection in each of these African nations, the contributors outline existing national resources available for protecting human rights and provide recommendations for more effective and practical use of these resources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812236774
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Expanding Legal Protection of Human Rights in African Contexts1
2Ethiopia: Processes of Democratization and Development29
3Ghana: Competing Visions of Liberal Democracy and Socialism52
4Guinea: Building the Rule of Law for Social Development97
5Morocco: The Imperative of Democratic Transition152
6Mozambique: Nurturing Justice from Liberation Zones to a Stable Democratic State182
7Nigeria: Combating Legacies of Colonialism and Militarism211
8Rwanda: Building Constitutional Order in the Aftermath of Genocide251
9South Africa: The Interdependence of All Human Rights295
10Sudan: In the Shadows of Civil War and Politicization of Islam342
11Uganda: The Long and Uncertain Road to Democracy385
List of Contributors421
Index423

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