Protectors Or Pretenders?: Government Human Rights Commissions in Africa

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Human Rights Watch, 2001 - Governmental investigations - 407 pages
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"Within the staff of the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, the writing and editing of this report was coordinated by Binaifer Nowrojee, counsel. The overview analysis was written by Binaifer Nowrojee with significant input from the research staff. The chapters were written by Peter Bouckaert, researcher (Uganda); Alison DesForges, consultant (Rwanda); Corinne Dufka, consultant (Sierra Leone); Bronwen Manby, counsel (Nigeria, South Africa); Binaifer Nowrojee (Ghana, Kenya, Liberia co-author, Malawi, Zambia co-author); Jemera Rome, counsel (Sudan); and Alex Vines, senior researcher (Zambia co-author). Suliman Ali Baldo, senior researcher, contributed to the report's analysis on Ethiopia"--Acknowledgments (p.[v]).

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Page 407 - To publicize human rights and efforts to combat all forms of discrimination, in particular racial discrimination, by increasing public awareness, especially through information and education and by making use of all press organs. Composition and guarantees of independence and pluralism 1 . The composition...
Page 405 - A national institution shall, inter alia, have the following responsibilities: (a) To submit to the Government, Parliament and any other competent body, on an advisory basis either at the request of the authorities concerned or through the exercise of its power to hear a matter without higher referral, opinions, recommendations, proposals and reports on any matters concerning the promotion and protection of human rights...
Page 186 - The executive power of the Union shall be vested in the President and shall be exercised by him either directly or through officers subordinate to him in accordance with this Constitution.
Page 407 - Government departments (if they are included, these representatives should participate in the deliberations only in an advisory capacity). 2. The national institution shall have an infrastructure which is suited to the smooth conduct of its activities, in particular adequate funding. The purpose of this funding should be to enable it to have its own staff and premises, in order to be independent of the Government and not to be subject to financial control which might affect its independence.
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Page 279 - Court may be removed from office only for inability to perform the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or for misbehaviour, and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the provisions of this section.
Page 294 - Each year, the Human Rights Commission must require relevant organs of state to provide the Commission with information on the measures that they have taken towards the realisation of the rights in the Bill of Rights concerning housing, health care, food, water, social security, education and the environment.
Page 30 - States parties to the present Charter shall have the duty to guarantee the independence of the Courts and shall allow the establishment and improvement of appropriate national institutions entrusted with the promotion and protection of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the present Charter.
Page 409 - Additional principles concerning the status of commissions with quasi-jurisdictional competence A national institution may be authorized to hear and consider complaints and petitions concerning individual situations. Cases may be brought before it by individuals, their representatives, third parties, non-governmental organizations, associations of trade unions or any other representative organizations. In such circumstances, and without prejudice to the principles stated above concerning the other...
Page 409 - Making recommendations to the competent authorities, especially by proposing amendments or reforms of the laws, regulations and administrative practices, especially if they have created the difficulties encountered by the persons filing the petitions in order to assert their rights.

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