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Human Rights Realisation in the African Sub-Regional Institutions

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Although Africa can be described as a late entrant into the realm of inter-state cooperation in international law, the continent has caught up rather fast as it currently boasts of a significant number of international institutions at both the regional and sub-regional levels. This chapter presents a synopsis of the most significant aspects of human rights realisation on the platforms of sub-regional institutions in Africa. The chapter is divided into sections which cover the main features of sub-regional institutions, the relationship between economic integration and human rights, the foundation for human rights realisation in the institutions under consideration and the scope of human rights coverage. Finally the chapter undertakes an overview of human rights standard-setting as well as the promotion and protection of human rights by judicial and non-judicial organs of African subregional institutions.

Keywords:African Sub-Regional Institutions; economic integration; Human Rights; international law; judicial organs; non judicial organs; sub-regional institutions



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