n African Human Rights Law Journal - A court not found? : recent development

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



It is no secret that the African regional human rights system has severely underperformed its mandate and has not met the expectations of the people of the continent. The time of hushed criticisms of the weaknesses of the institutions, mechanisms and structures is long gone. Moreover, the African Charter system has routinely been subjected to stringent criticism due to its apparent inability to improve the situation. However, Africans need and deserve well-functioning institutions. It is within this context that the African Union (AU) is heralded as offering some hope, since it has as its distinct purpose the integration of `political, economic and priorities'.

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