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Title:The violation of human rights in Africa: a lesson for South Africa?
Author:Dlamini, C.R.M.
Periodical:South African Journal on Human Rights
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:human rights
offences against human rights
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02587203.1991.11827844
Abstract:Civil and political rights have not flourished in African countries since independence. Opposition parties have been proscribed and political opponents incarcerated either without or after shortened trials. The purpose of this article is to find out what lessons South Africa can learn from independent Africa, and how it can avoid the pitfalls into which many African leaders have fallen. The article discusses examples of human rights violations in the area of civil and political rights relating to personal liberty and freedom of association. Thereafter, it examines the reasons for the gross and widespread violation of human rights in Africa, distinguishing social, economic and political factors. The conclusion is that the similarities between the African experience and what is happening in South Africa today are overwhelming. Contemporary events do not augur well for the promotion and protection of humans in the future South Africa. Note, ref.