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Compendium of Key Human Rights Documents of the African Union.

Author (s): 
Heyns,C; Killander, M (eds).
Publication details: 
Pretoria, Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), 2010
Abstract:

This Compendium of Key Human Rights Documents of the African Union brings together in one document, all the essential human rights documents of the OAU and the AU, including instruments and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights on the African continent. It also comprises mechanisms such as the African Peer Review Mechanism for making governments responsive and accountable for their actions and declarations.

The Compendium sheds light on the importance accorded to human rights on our continent and, specifically, on the work of the AU. Perhaps more importantly, it makes the basic documents of the OAU and the AU readily available as a source of information as well as a tool accessible to civil servants, government officials, human rights practitioners, judges, academics and students, and civil society organisations, among others, on the African
continent and globally. The full realisation of human rights on the African continent will only materialise when there is widespread knowledge, understanding and awareness of the norms, principles and standards of human rights as well as the institutions designed to promote and protect them. Needless to say, the promotion and protection of human rights is everyone’s responsibility and the best way to have one’s rights protected is to work
towards the protection of the rights of others. This Compendium will, no doubt, contribute to the realisation of these goals.