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Human Rights, Regionalism and the Dilemmas of Democracy in Africa Ebrima Sall

Human Rights, Regionalism and the Dilemmas of Democracy in Africa

Ebrima Sall

Published September 27th 2006
ISBN : 9782869781924
Paperback
196 pages
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It has often been argued that the concept of human rights is an artefact of modern Western civilisation, that human rights in the South are privileges conferred. These approaches have taken little cognisance of the place accorded to the societal rights held in such esteem as complementary to individual rights in traditional African society. In contrast, this study argues that human rights in Africa are as much about the dignity of Africans as about the commitments of others towards them. It argues for a critical defence of universal human rights within a multicultural framework. From historical perspectives, it illustrates how the slave trade, and then colonialism undermined the traditional balance of individual and societal rights.