n African Human Rights Law Journal - Promoting economic, social and cultural rights in Africa : the African Commission holds a seminar in Pretoria : recent developments

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Charter) bestows a specific mandate on the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Commission) to promote and protect human rights in Africa. Article 45 of the African Charter states that, in order to fulfil this mandate, the African Commission should, amongst others, organise 'seminars, symposia and conferences'. The Commission's promotional activities have paid lip service to economic, social and cultural rights by being predominantly focused on civil and political rights. Concerns have been raised by representatives of civil society organisations during several of the Commission's sessions that there is a need for a focus on socio-economic rights too.

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