Africa: African Union System (2002)

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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