Africa in the new millennium is characterised by a growing collection of human rights actors and institutions. Africa’s Human Rights Architecture is an examination of the conceptual issues surrounding Africa’s human rights framework and the international, continental, sub-regional and national institutions that have sought to address the problems plaguing the continent in the post-colonial era. The book presents a critical examination of the evolution of Africa’s human rights architecture in the post-Cold War era, as well as a methodical exploration of the challenges to achieving human rights in Africa.
The fields of expertise of the contributors to this multidisciplinary volume are as wide-ranging as law, politics, gender, international relations, economics and history, and all – whether academics or practitioners – are active in the arena of human rights on the continent. The sum of the chapters is a uniquely pan-African perspective on the achievements, failings, accomplishments and deficiencies of the various human rights actors and institutions seeking to improve the lives of Africa’s 800 million inhabitants.