Abstract

Can the transformation of the Organization of African Unity into the African Union and the adoption of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) really make a difference for human rights on the African continent? This article sets out the commitments of the new African continental instruments in relation to democracy and the rule of law and concludes that they are useful and important—but also that NEPAD in particular has significant deficiencies. The second half of the article sets out five themes that should receive greater attention if true effort is to be made to address Africa's problems.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-794X
Print ISSN
0275-0392
Pages
pp. 983-1027
Launched on MUSE
2004-11-05
Open Access
No
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