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Title:The ombudsman and human rights: African versions of a European institution
Author:Thompson, BankoleISNI
Periodical:Annual conference - African Society of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:human rights
Abstract:This paper discusses the importance of the institution of ombudsman in the context of the protection of human rights in Africa, and advances the thesis that some Western democratic juridical models can, with necessary adaptations and modifications, function effectively in African societies, especially where they relate to universal themes such as human rights. Specifically, the paper identifies the key characteristics of the Swedish model and surveys and examines its African variants in Tanzania, Mauritius, Zambia, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. It further explores the nature and scope of African adaptations of the European institution, noting any unique features of such adaptations. Finally, some of the misgivings expressed about the wisdom of adopting and adapting the ombudsman concept elsewhere, especially in Africa, are addressed. Ref.