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Title:International Human Rights and African Traditions of Justice: The Quest for Connection and Meaning
Author:Luutu, Babuuzibwa M.
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:customary law
human rights
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
international relations
judicial system
civil society
Justice, Administration of
Abstract:In the matter of human rights the voice of the international community is loud and powerful, but it is a creation of the West, born of its struggle against feudalism and serfdom. Nevertheless, under its aegis slavery continued in America for some sixty years and many European countries felt justified in colonizing large areas of the world. The postcolonial State in Africa is forty something years old and propped up by donor goodwill. In the matter of human rights, the State in Africa is inert, except for recycling what is fashionable in the international community. It is wedged uncomfortably between competing local demands and those of the international community. Having given his introduction, the author proceeds to a discussion of the present situation in Uganda. His argument is that he is trying to erect a fruitful juxtaposition between African traditions of justice and the traditions behind the concept and practice of human rights in the West. His conclusion is that if human rights are to be founded in grassroots communities, they have to be anchored in the cultural realities of those communities, if not, they will remain alien concepts. Notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]