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The Historical Development Of International Human Rights

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International human rights law affords one a rare opportunity to retrace the difficult steps concerning the development of a fast growing branch of law. International human rights law is fairly recent in origin. All societies, African peoples included, have grappled with human rights issues. Philosophers of every race and creed have for centuries been concerned with the nature of humanity, interpersonal relationships, and the position of individuals as members of groups. Human rights are often held to be universal in the sense that most societies and cultures have practiced them throughout most of their history. All societies cross-culturally and historically manifest conceptions of human rights. The evolution of human rights in Africa is viewed at three cascading levels i.e. pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial phase. In conclusion, historical development of international human rights encompasses honest examination of all civilizations, and certainly not just the Western civilization.

Keywords: Africa; international human rights; pre-colonial Africa; Western civilization



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