Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum Under the African Human Rights System

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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013 - Law - 284 pages
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The use of international human rights machinery to protect refugees has acquired an important dimension in recent years. This is true of both the United Nations treaty body system and the African, European and Inter-American regional systems of of human rights. The result is a dynamic international invigoration of traditional refugee law that, in contradistinction, tends to be applied at the level of national courts and tribunals. Yet the precise role of human rights in the protection of refugees is sometimes viewed with suspicion and uncertainty. This Commentary provides a valuable insight into the use of human rights in the protection of refugees through the prism of the African Human Rights System.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Background
7
3 The Applicable Legal Framework
25
4 The African Charter and the Protection of Refugees
35
The Right of Asylum Seekers and Refugees to Lodge Individual Complaints
57
6 Protection Techniques
69
7 Case Studies
77
Appendices
95
Index
281
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Chaloka Beyani is Senior Lecturer in International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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