n Law, Democracy & Development - Like a candle in the wind : commentary on communications decided by the African Commission of Human and People's Rights in 2003

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



The Africa regional overview 2003 prepared by Amnesty International presented a gloomy picture of the human rights situation in the region; widespread armed conflict, repression of civil and political rights, violence against women, failure to deliver justice to the most vulnerable in society. However, there have been positive developments, such as the indictment of the then Liberian President Charles Taylor by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which defy the culture of impunity in Africa. Despite continuing human rights violations and human suffering, a culture of human rights is slowly developing in Africa. The gradual development of a human rights jurisprudence by the African Commission of Human and People's Rights (the Commission) is a good example. The Commission is mandated, under article 45, to ensure the protection and promotion of human and peoples' rights in accordance with the present Charter.

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