The African Regional Human Rights System

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES, Felipe Gomez Isa & Koen de Feyer, eds., Bilbao: University of Deusto, 2006

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Christof Heyns

Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Magnus Killander

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Date Written: November 10, 2006

Abstract

This contribution first introduces the main legal instruments relevant to the continental protection of human rights in Africa, then discusses the norms recognised (individual and peoples' rights, duties, etc) and thereafter turns to the regional institutional structures set up to achieve the implementation of the norms. This institutional overview focuses primarily on four important pillars of the African human rights system: the organs of the African Union, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the yet to be established African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and the newly established African Peer Review Mechanism.

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heyns, christof and Killander, Magnus, The African Regional Human Rights System (November 10, 2006). INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES, Felipe Gomez Isa & Koen de Feyer, eds., Bilbao: University of Deusto, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1356505

Christof Heyns

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Magnus Killander (Contact Author)

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria ( email )

Pretoria, 0002
South Africa

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