The Role of NGOs and Civil Society in Advancing Human Security in Africa

Rachel Murray

in Protecting Human Security in Africa

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199578986
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595202 | DOI:
The Role of NGOs and Civil Society in Advancing Human Security in Africa

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This chapter examines the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the African human rights mechanism and their contribution to the development of issues relating to human security. It first outlines how NGOs can work with the African Commission before detailing the impact of their involvement on the human security agenda. It shows that NGOs have been central to the functioning and development of the African human rights system. Key to the drafting of the African Charter, supporting its Commission, staffing its headquarters, funding its activities, holding seminars, developing its publicity, submitting cases, and creating special rapporteurs and working groups, it is clear that the African Commission would not be in the position it is at present without their support.

Keywords: non-governmental organizations; NGOs; Africa; human rights mechanism; human security; African Human Rights Commission

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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