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Title:The role of African universities in the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples: a development agenda
Author:Olowu, Dejo
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Geographic term:Africa
human rights
indigenous peoples
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18186874.2016.1212470
Abstract:Before the emergence of the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, human rights were generally scantily recognised in international law and, even under the UN Charter of 1945, indigenous peoples received merely tacit reference. Since the 1970s, however, several normative instruments have been adopted to give recognition to the rights of indigenous peoples as a distinct component of international human rights law. With the further adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly in 2007, the subject has assumed new dimensions with the possibilities of new vistas. What, for instance, is the role of African universities in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples as critical agents in the global human rights and development agenda? The purpose of this article, among others, is to synthesise the strategic approaches to the rights of indigenous peoples and to accentuate a more informed conceptualisation of what the role of African universities on this subject ought to be, and must be, in the light of the dynamic opportunities of the post-2007 era. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]