n African Human Rights Law Journal - Statement from seminar on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the African Charter : recent developments
|Article Title||Statement from seminar on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the African Charter : recent developments|
|© Publisher:||Pretoria University Law Press (PULP)|
|Journal||African Human Rights Law Journal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||182 - 193|
The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Charter) is often lauded as the first international human rights instrument to include socio-economic and cultural rights alongside civil and political rights, without drawing any distinction between the justiciability or implementation of the two 'categories of rights'. In two of its findings, Purohit and Moore v The Gambia and The Social and Economic Rights Action Centre and Another v Nigeria, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Commission) has demonstrated the practical application of the principle that these Charter provisions are justiciable, and has held that 'no right in the African Charter cannot be made effective'.
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