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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights$
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Patrick Thornberry

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719037931

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719037931.001.0001

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The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; African perspectives on indigenous peoples

The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; African perspectives on indigenous peoples

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(p.244) 10 The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; African perspectives on indigenous peoples
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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
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Patrick Thornberry

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719037931.003.0011

Africa has suffered incommensurately from natural and human disasters and has been riven by ethnic and tribal hatreds. The flowering of political life has been inhibited by authoritarian governments showing scant respect for human rights. Despite and because of the travails, a positive and distinctive African human rights ‘fingerprint’ or accent has emerged. This chapter considers the cadences of the African language of human rights mainly in relation to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. The Charter is a singular and complex amalgam of categories or generations of human rights, of ‘domains of discourse’, acclimatising basic principles to the African context. The Charter extends the reach of peoples' rights beyond the self-determination of the Covenants to issues highly pertinent to indigenous concerns, including environment and development.

Keywords:   African Charter, Africa, human rights, indigenous rights, self-determination

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