International Human Rights Law Content
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