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Title:Beyond human rights - confronting atrocity with healing and reconciliation: merging African perspectives in a globalising world
Author:Hoppers, Catherine OdoraISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:human rights
conflict resolution
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186874.2013.834555
Abstract:By scrutinizing the concept of 'values', the 'human rights' framework and discourse, and setting them against the backdrop of the historical violences and atrocities Africa has suffered, this article calls for a maturity of dialogue (epistemologically) with the excised, which should set the stage for an inclusive global order. The author stresses the need to highlight and recognize the existence of African perspectives that have accompanied successive global policies and international imperatives. He argues that from African knowledge systems, clues and tools can be found - epistemological, conceptual and methodological - to take us where contemporary academic and policy imperatives rooted in Western canons cannot. The article takes human rights as a case in point. Compared with international human rights law, the African Charter on Human and People's Rights represents a clear break with numerous dichotomies inherent in Western-dominated discourse. Post-apartheid South Africa followed a unique 'third way' drawing directly from African philosophy known as 'ubuntu'. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]