An Introduction to International Human Rights Law (Brill's Paperback Collection)
This book is designed to provide an overview of the development and substance of international human rights law, and what is meant concretely by human rights guarantees, such as civil and political rights, and economic and social rights. It highlights the rights of women, globalization and human rights education. The book also explores domestic, regional and international endeavors to protect human rights. The history and role of human rights NGOs coupled with an analysis of diverse international mechanisms are succinctly woven into the text, which well reflects the scholarship and erudition of the authors. This lucidly written and timely volume will be of great help to anyone seeking to understand this area of law, be they students, lawyers, scholars, government officials, staff of international and non-international organizations, human rights activists or lay readers. Originally published in hardcover.
The African conception of human rights was an essential aspect of African humanism sustained by religious doctrine and the principle of accountability to the ancestral shades.36 It has been observed that traditional African societies were democratic and egalitarian, and allowed for the participation of all adults in the decision making process. Even in communities with Kings or Chiefs, decisions were reached only after full consultation with community members.37 All participating adults were
era left hundreds of thousands of people including women and children dead while millions more displaced and seeking refugee abroad. In the process, it became necessary to develop a system of accountability for serious breaches of international law while providing for the protection of refugees and the displaced. Besides AD-HOC Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, etc., the international community established 28 Chapter One the International Criminal Court (ICC) which is a permanent
American Convention on Human Rights in the area of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (more commonly known as the “Protocol of San Salvador”), was opened for signature on 17 November 1988. It entered into force on 16 November 1999. Both the European and American Conventions followed the bifurcated rights path of Europe. For additional material on these areas, see Robin R. Churchill and Urfan Khaliq, “Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The Current Use and Future Potential of
Municipality v. Various Occupiers, 2004 (12) BCLR 1268 An Introduction to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 71 Minister of Health v. Treatment Action Campaign, 2002 (5) SA 721 (CC) Mohini Jain v. State of Karnataka (1992) 3 SCC 666 Paschim Banga Khet Mazdoor Samity v. State of Bengal (1996) 4 SCC 37 President of the Republic of South Africa v. Modderklip Boerdery (Pty) Ltd, 2005 (8) BCLR 786 (CC) Social and Economic Rights Action Center and the Center for Economic and Social Rights v.
opportunities to the private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society, in general, to contribute to the realization of the Organization’s goals and programmes. [para 30] See U.N. General Assembly, Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, United Nations Millennium Declaration (September 18, 2000). U.N. Doc A/RES/55/2 (2000) paras. 20, 30, http://www.un.org/millennium/declaration/ares552e.pdf (accessed July 20, 2009). The follow-up resolution to the outcome of the Millennium