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Title:Reflections on the practices and experiences of African States in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the Universal Periodic Review mechanism (UPR): a human rights perspective
Author:Jonas, Obonye
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (ISSN 0010-4051)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African Peer Review Mechanism
human rights
Abstract:This article focuses on the nature of political engagements among African States within the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the Universal Periodic Review mechanism (UPR). The UPR, established in 2006, is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The APRM is an instrument voluntarily acceded to by the general membership of the AU as an African self-monitoring mechanism. The article focuses specifically on matters that African countries raise among each other under peer review within the discourse of human rights, democracy, and governance; and whether such engagements are worthwhile. It asserts that African States have hardly used opportunities provided by the APRM and UPR to engage one another critically and frankly on their human rights situations. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]