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Title:The critical role of human rights in securing and maintaining peace and security in Africa: the case of southern Africa
Author:Acheampong, Kenneth A.ISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:regional security
human rights
Political development
Abstract:This paper commences by analysing the adverse impact the total lack of respect for the norms of human rights by the now extinct apartheid regime of South Africa had on peace and security in the southern African region. It follows this up with an analysis of the general perception that peace and security are gradually taking root in southern Africa as a result of the dismantling of apartheid and the setting in motion, in South Africa, of a democratization process which, inherently, incorporates respect for human rights, The paper analyses this process and its relevance to peace and security in the southern African region. South Africa's membership of SADC shows that the country is no longer the pariah State it used to be. The southern African situation is justification for the standpoint that the process of building and nurturing a culture of peace and security on the African continent can be advanced only if it is rooted in respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Bibliogr., note, ref., sum.