The Fragmentation of the African Human Rights System
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Until now in describing and explaining the evolution of the African human rights system our focus has been on developments within the framework of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. However, as we noted earlier on the African Charter is only the primary instrument in the African system; in effect there are other human rights instruments that, together with the African Charter make up the system’s entire body. It is the proliferation of these post-African Charter laws that amount to the start of what we call the fragmentation of the African human rights system. In this regard we examine the African Charter for Popular Participation in Development and Transformation, the Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance in Africa and the OAU Grand Bay Declaration and Plan of Action.
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