An Analysis of the Contents and System of State Reporting Under the African Charter: A Nigerian Case Study
35 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2018
Date Written: March 13, 2017
After setting out the various rights, the African Charter created the state reporting system as an avenue for monitoring their implementation by states. While some states have lived up to their duty of providing detailed reports and the African Commission reciprocating with well observed feedback in the form of concluding observations, this method of monitoring the implementation of the African Charter has received relatively little attention. This article examines the system of state reporting under the African Charter with the aim of evaluating and understudying this system of dialogue between the states and Commission. It uses Nigeria as a case study and examines the contents of that country’s reports in order to point out the key areas of dialogue and how they have developed over the period of state reporting. It further seeks to evaluate the overall aim of the state reporting process and whether the parties have utilised this platform as a means of engaging in meaningful and constructive dialogue aimed towards the better realisation and implementation of the various rights outlined in the African Charter.
Keywords: State Reporting, Human Rights, African Charter, Nigeria
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