oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Some reflections on the OAU Convention on Refugees: some pending issues

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



This article sets out to examine the legal aspects of the African refugee problem. The article has been divided into five broad sections. Part one deals with an overview of the refugee problem in Africa. The authors discuss the scope and nature of the African refugee problem. This also touches upon the rationale for refugee protection. The second part deals with legal framework of refugee protection in the African context both at international and national levels. This discussion paves the way for the third part which explores the significance of the legal framework for protecting African refugees. An attempt is made to discuss the essence as well as the significance of specific rights accorded to refugees, and the extent to which such measures are commensurate to the goal of maximising human rights of refugees in the African context. The fourth and fifth parts deal with pending issues in the regime of legal protection, and conclusions and recommendations respectively. While the recommendations and conclusions are drawn from the African experience, there can be no doubt as regards their relevance to similar situations elsewhere.

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