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The African Human Rights System
A Guide for Indigenous Peoples
Treva Braun, Lucy Mulvagh - Forest Peoples Programme
This guide provides an overview of the African system for the promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights, as developed under the umbrella of the African Union (AU). Established in 2001, the AU is an inter-governmental organisation of which all African countries except Morocco are members. It replaced the former Organisation of African Unity (OAU). In addition to its broad mandate on economic issues, socio-political development, and peace and security, the AU has as one of its objectives “To promote and protect human and peoples’ rights in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other relevant human rights instruments”. While still in its infancy in terms of the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights, the African system is comprised of a number of legal norms and mechanisms that may be of use to indigenous peoples and organisations in Africa. This guide is intended to be used as a reference tool by indigenous peoples and organisations working to defend the rights of indigenous peoples in Africa, but should not be considered as a complete explanation of the relevant law or processes.
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