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