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AFRICAN STATES: THEMES EMERGING FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL’S UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW (UPR)

ETONE, Damian (2017) AFRICAN STATES: THEMES EMERGING FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL’S UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW (UPR). Journal of African Law. ISSN 1464-3731 (In Press)

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This article examines the themes emerging from African states engagement with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The underlying principles of universality, cooperation and dialogue which guide the review have given African states a renewed sense of engagement with the international human rights institution. Despite the universality of the process, regionalism and cultural relativism are important aspects in the engagement of African states with the UPR mechanism. This article considers the extent to which regionalism and cultural relativism may prevent the UPR from acting as an effective mechanism for human rights enforcement. It examines the potential for the UPR to complement other national, regional and international human rights mechanisms and the danger of state ritualism. These have ramifications on the extent to which the UPR can achieve its goal of improving the human rights situation on the ground in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Law
Depositing User: Damian ETONE
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 13:22
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 13:25
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4255

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