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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Regional and sub-regional platforms for vindicating human rights in Africa
Editor:Wachira, George MukundiISNI
Series:Judiciary Watch series
City of publisher:Nairobi
Publisher:Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:African courts
human rights
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Abstract:When the national legal order fails to give redress or is unavailable, the international framework presents an alternative option to pursue justice. In the area of human rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights has for the last twenty years been the regional forum of choice. However, since inception, the African human rights system has been marred by lack of effective implementation and enforcement mechanisms. A structural solution to the problem of enforcement of human rights in Africa has been sought in the form of an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights whose judgments would be binding. Amidst efforts to establish the African Court within the structure of the African Union, subregional organizations on the continent have similarly been instituting courts that are also vested either expressly or implicitly with a human rights protection mandate. The present publication discusses these developments, addressing the application of regional and some select subregional human rights standards and norms that give effect to human and peoples' rights in Africa. The seven chapters deal with the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (Lilian Keene-Mugerwa; Ekuru Aukot), the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (John Oziegbe), the Southern African Development Community Tribunal (Mmatsie Mooki), the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Wilfred Ngunjiri Nderitu), conflicts and overlaps of jurisdiction of various regional courts in Africa (Jackline M. Nyaga), and the impact of regional courts in Africa in fostering regional integration and the development of international human rights jurisprudence (Mbugua Mureithi). [ASC Leiden abstract]