The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: A Last Resort for Wrongfully Detained or Deported Immigrants and Asylum Seekers in Africa
Author Draft; subsequently published in an abbreviated format in Forced Migration Review, v. 44 (Sept. 2013)
5 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2015
Date Written: April 23, 2013
The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights provides a viable but limited option for those wrongfully detained or deported in member states. The recommendations provide non-governmental organizations and other states with substantial opportunity to pressure the offending state to comply with human rights norms. They also provide some level of precedential value for future Commission decisions, while contributing to the ever growing body of international human rights law. While seemingly only lofty ideals today, the human rights norms espoused by the Commission, through its case law and various guidelines, may well become the enforceable principles of tomorrow.
JEL Classification: K33
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