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Title:The struggle for human rights in Africa
Author:Zeleza, Paul TiyambeISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
Subject:human rights
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40380100
Abstract:This article explores the recent changes that have occurred in Africa's human rights landscape. It argues that struggles for, recognition of, and the practice of human rights have grown and expanded in recent years in the midst of continuing challenges and widespread human rights violations by both State and civil society actors. The complex and contradictory tapestry and trajectory of human rights is analysed in the shifting contexts of democratization, globalization, regionalization, and militarization, which collectively have structured African political economies since the 1990s. The question of human rights discourse in Africa is also examined by revisiting some of the debates about the generations and hierarchy of rights. Furthermore, the article looks at the role of the State and society in developing or undermining human rights norms. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]