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African Charter On Human And Peoples' Rights

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This chapter will assess the role and contribution of the African Commission and national legal institutions to the development of the legal standards set out in the African Charter. There have been further developments in the regional human rights system of Africa, including the transformation of the OAU into the African Union (AU), as part of which an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights has been established to provide judicial oversight on the implementation of the Charter. As a treaty that creates legally binding obligations in international law, it is fair to argue that the Charter seeks to guarantee legal rights and so making it a convenient starting point in the assessment of the legal tools and resources available to the Commission in the performance of its work. The Charter sets out entitlements that guarantee individual and group rights under the umbrella of the law.

Keywords: African Charter; African Commission; African union (AU); human rights; international law



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