The author argues that although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the role the United Nations plays in promoting global awareness of human rights has had a positive influence in Africa, their institutional, financial and political impediments undercut the ability of a global system to address adequately the crisis in human rights violations occurring in Africa today.
Using case studies from South Africa and Uganda, past difficulties in addressing human rights problems are analyzed and recommendations made for future methodologies including the creation of an African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights.
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George William Mugwanya is a lawyer working with the Prosecutor's office at the International Tribunal for Rwanda.
Table of contents
About the Author; Acknowledgments; Preface; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Chapter 1: General Introduction; Chapter 2: The Human Rights Revolution and the Theoretical Promise of Regional Human Rights Systems; Chapter 3: Human Rights in Africa; Chapter 4: Efforts to Realize Human Rights in Africa Through the Global System; Chapter 5: The OAU and Human Rights Before 1981; Chapter 6: The Origins and Content of the African Charter on Human And Peoples. Rights; Chapter 7: Functioning of the AFCHPR and Its Relevance to Uganda and South Africa; Chapter 8: Improving the African Regional Human Rights System: Appraisal, Recommendations and Conclusions; General Conclusion; Appendix; References; Table of Cases; Table of Legislation, Treaties and Other International Documents;Index.