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1. Introduction to Regional Treaties

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This chapter briefly introduces the regional human rights treaties. The treaties include African charter on human and peoples' rights and protocols, American convention on human rights and protocols, inter-American convention to prevent and punish torture, European convention on human rights and protocols, and European convention for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and protocols. The African Charter embodies 68 articles and is divided into three parts: rights and duties; measures of safeguard; and general provisions, respectively. The American Convention embodies 82 articles in three parts. Part I sets out State obligations and rights protected, part II deals with means of protection and part III contains general and transitory provisions. The European Convention on Human Rights embodies 59 articles in three sections. Section I enshrines the rights and freedoms protected, section II concerns the European Court of Human Rights and section II contains miscellaneous provisions.

Keywords: African charter; American convention; European convention; inter-American convention; punishment; regional human rights treaties; torture



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