n Conflict Trends - The state, ethnicity and human rights in Africa

Volume 2008, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Contrary to a popular but misleading view, the prevalence of group rights in Africa is not due to any cultural or traditional peculiarity, but derives from the manner in which the state originated and has been reproduced since colonial times. It has more to do with the foundations of the state, the nature of state building, and the manner of citizen construction and definition. It is this largely uninterrogated trajectory of human rights in Africa that is explored in this article.

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