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International Human Rights Law in Africa$
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Frans Viljoen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645589

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199645589.001.0001

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The African Union Human Rights Architecture

The African Union Human Rights Architecture

(p.151) 4 The African Union Human Rights Architecture
International Human Rights Law in Africa

Frans Viljoen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the architecture of human rights in Africa under the auspices of the African Union (AU). It begins with a historical overview of pan-Africanism as an intellectual movement, the emergence of colonial borders, and the contested form of African unity. It then considers the evolution of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) within the context of human rights and its transformation into AU before analysing in detail the AU human rights architecture. It also discusses AU's legislative, executive, and judicial and quasi-judicial functions and concludes by highlighting civil society's participation in dialogues and debates about AU policies and programmes on human rights.

Keywords:   human rights, Africa, African Union, pan-Africanism, colonial borders, unity, Organisation of African Unity, civil society

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