Formerly Organization of African Unity (OAU)
Created in 1963 in wake of decolonization; 53 members.
Facilitates inter-African relations and
provides forum for African policy vis-à-vis 3d States.
Youngest of developed regional systems
HR not major priority in OAU Charter
OAU States reluctant to intervene in cases of systematic HR abuses
Less homogeneous than other regional systems
Different legal and linguistic traditions due to colonialism
BUT strong tradition of rights and individual-community link
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