African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Ten years on and still no justice

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It has been ten years since the African Heads of State signed the Protocol to establish the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights at the Organization of African Unity summit in Burkina Faso in 1998. Yet the African Court has yet to hear a case.

There is great need for a functioning and effective human rights monitoring body, for all those living on the African continent, and especially for minorities and indigenous peoples, who are particularly affected by human rights violations both in major crises and on a daily basis – and who, because of their marginalization, are often ignored by governments.

This report looks at the context of human rights in Africa and describes what has been achieved in establishing the African Court. It also examines the difficulties that currently prevent the African Court and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights working together in a complementary way and problems regarding the processes giving access to the Court.

The report gives an accessible, readable and up-to-the minute account of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights which will be of value to all who are concerned with advancing and protecting human rights in Africa.

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