The ILO and ‘Human Security’ of Sub-Saharan African Labour

Ben Chigara

in Protecting Human Security in Africa

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199578986
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595202 | DOI:
The ILO and ‘Human Security’ of Sub-Saharan African Labour

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This chapter examines the International Labour Organization's (ILO) contribution to the recognition and promotion of the inherent dignity of sub-Saharan African labour. It argues that in the pursuit of its mandate, the ILO has always focused on individuals' and minority groups’ security as a means of ensuring national and world peace. Its long experience in information gathering and processing and development of policy in the prosecution of its mandate could benefit new UN attempts to ensure national and international security by targeting individual and minority group rights rather than the protection of state organs only.

Keywords: International Labour Organization; human security; sub-Saharan Africa; individual rights; minority rights

Chapter.  9768 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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