African Charter on Human and People's Rights

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A charter adopted by the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union) in 1981 and ratified by 35 of its members. The Charter reaffirms the duty of African states to eliminate colonialism, apartheid, and Zionism, and stresses that civil and political rights cannot be dissociated from economic, social, and cultural rights. The Charter concurs with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and emphasizes the rights of ‘peoples’. It established the African Commission on Human and People's Rights, based in Dakar, Senegal, a body intended to promote human rights, as well as to investigate complaints from individuals. However, in many African countries habitual abuse of human rights continues.

Subjects: International Law — World History.

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