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Groups and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Murray, Rachel and Wheatley, Steven (2003) Groups and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Human Rights Quarterly, 25 (1). pp. 213-236.

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Abstract

This article examines the position of groups under the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights. The Charter does not contain a "minorities article" similar to that of Article 27, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It does, though, contain a substantive section on "peoples rights." The work examines the way in which the African Commission has interpreted human rights to non-discrimination, to take part in the cultural life of the community, freedom of religion and freedom of expression to ensure, to a limited extent, a right of cultural security for minority groups. Further, the section relating to peoples rights has been used by the African Commission to consider such issues as economic exploitation, environmental concerns, the exclusion and domination of one ethno-cultural group by another and claims for autonomy and secession.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Human Rights Quarterly
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
ID Code: 55297
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2012 13:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:41
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55297

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