n African Human Rights Law Journal - Who's watching 'Big Brother'? Globalisation and the protection of cultural rights in present-day Africa




The forces of globalisation operate in a contradictory, oppositional and even conflictual fashion. The results of the processes are mixed and varied. It is against this background that the author examines the influence of globalisation on the protection of cultural rights in Africa with the aid of analogies drawn from the influence of the 'Big Brother Africa' reality show on the African continent. The paper discusses the challenges posed by globalisation to cultural rights in Africa. In discussing the African human rights regime in relation to cultural rights, the author explores the role that can be played by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and civil society in preserving cultural rights. The author further highlights the interrelation between culture, globalisation and women's rights and the need to promote and protect the right to African traditional knowledge in a globalised world. The author concludes by making a call that the category of primary duty bearers in the protection of human rights must be widened to include transnational corporations, families and communities over and above the state.


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