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The African Regional Architecture and Human Rights

Frans Viljoen

in International Human Rights Law in Africa

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218585
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218585.003.0004
The African Regional Architecture and Human Rights

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This chapter begins with a discussion of pan-Africanism. It details the anti-colonial struggle and post-colonial statehood resulting from the struggle's eventual success, and how colonial borders determined the form of a pan-African institution. It then turns to the evolution of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which may be charted through four phases, along the two axes of political and economic integration. The engagement with human rights forms the central prism through which these periods are briefly viewed.

Keywords: pan-Africanism; human rights; African Unity; independence; statehood

Chapter.  10840 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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