Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence

Sixth Judicial Colloquium on the Domestic Application of International Human Rights Norms: Bloemfontein, South Africa, 3–5 September 1993

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One of an eightvolume series recording the development of international jurisprudence in human rights issues and, in particular, the domestic application of international human rights norms.



Discrimination and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

Up to the end of the second world war in 1945, the concept and scope of human rights suffered from definite conceptual and structural defects. They were not differentiated from civil rights and were regarded as individualistic and, at best parochial, in scope. Such palpable backdrops of popular upheavals as the Magna Carta in England (1215), the French Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789) and the American Bill of Rights (1791) were looked upon as the exclusive concerns of the countries concerned.


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