Human Rights, Regionalism and the Dilemmas of Democracy in Africa. Edited by Lennart Wohlgemuth & Ebrima Sall. Dakar/Uppsala, CODESRIA-NAI, 2006, 212 p., ISBN 2-86978-192-X ; 212 pagesNumber of visits: 3306
‘This is a major contribution to ongoing efforts to raise awareness on the functioning of the African human rights machinery. With the recent election of 11 Judges to the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, accessibility to the African human rights system is even more essential to ensuring respect and recognition of human rights for Africa and its people.’
Evelyn Ankumah, Executive Director of African Legal Aid, Ghana.
‘Wohlgemuth and Sall have put together a timely publication that presents admirably critical assessments of the role and relevance of the twenty-year old African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, its structure, mechanisms, resources and institutional autonomy, while locating the general discourse on human rights and democracy in Africa in its wider political and socio-economic contexts. These discussions will provide scholars, policymakers and practitioners with useful insights into the continuing challenges and opportunities for human rights promotion and protection in Africa.’
Tiyanjana Maluwa, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, USA
The issue of human right in Africa is as much about the dignity of Africans as it is about the responsibilities and commitments of others towards Africa. In this light the fight for human rights in Africa and the creation of the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights are of utmost importance for making true this double aspiration. It discusses the achievements of the African Commission and suggests ways of strengthening and making the commission more efficient in advancing its goals and objectives. The volume points at the new institutional changes on the African scene with the African Union and its many new organs and the importance for the Commission to come to grips with this in the interest of relevance and hope for human dignity in African.
Lennart Wohlgemuth has been the director of the Nordic Africa Institute since 1993 to 2005. Prior to this he worked for many years for Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), most recently as Assistant Director General and head of the Sector Department. Between 1992 and 1998 he was a board member of the African Capacity Building Foundation and from 1989 a board member and from 1993 to 1999 Chairman of the International Institute for Educational planning (IIEP). Currently he is a senior lecturer at the Göteborg University, Sweden.
Ebrima Sall is Head of the Department of Research, CODESRIA, Senegal. Between 2001 and 2003 he was Programme Coordinator at the Nordic Africa Institute, running the research programme “Post-Conflict Transition, the State and Civil Society in Africa”.