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Title:The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in East Africa
Author:Tumwine-Mukubwa, G.P.
Year:2000
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Volume:6
Issue:2
Pages:130-156
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:human rights
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
law
Freedom
Justice, Administration of
constitutional law
Power (Social sciences)
Abstract:The present article explores the promotion and protection of human rights in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda). It exemplifies the difficulties that human rights promoters and protectors in these countries face. Whereas the centrality of the individual in society is the basis for the promotion and the protection of human rights there are factors which have made these rights almost mere paper aspirations. Such factors include: antiquated doctrines, defining the rule of law in terms of rules devoid of principles of morality and justice, outdated rules of interpretation and procedure, failure to appreciate the ousting of the doctrine of supremacy of Parliament in favour of supremacy of the constitution, the paternalism of the State and executive, and the inertia or even timidity of the Judiciary. These have been compounded by the illiteracy, apathy and poverty of the majority in civil society. Consequently, if the promotion and protection of human rights and the rule of law are to be realized the above factors must be seriously addressed. Ref.
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