n African Human Rights Law Journal - Statement from seminar on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the African Charter : recent developments

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



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, and , 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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