The African Human Rights System
Bart M.J. Szewczyk
Columbia Law School
THE RULES, PRACTICE, AND JURISPRUDENCE OF INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND TRIBUNALS, Chiara Giorgetti, ed., Kluwer/Brill, 2011
The African human rights system demonstrates that even exposing the truth, as well as the power of persuasion, can remedy human rights violations - albeit in discrete cases and at a disappointingly slow pace. However, there is a regressive institutional trend, whereby the African Court of Justice and Human Rights will have weaker enforcement power compared to its predecessor African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Member States of the African Union should recognize the importance of human rights to their own legitimacy and empower the human rights institutions to enforce their judgments with necessary financial sanctions and appropriate resources to match the challenge that human rights violations continue to pose in Africa.
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Date posted: July 14, 2011 ; Last revised: June 18, 2014