Human Rights and Development in Africa

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Human Rights and Development in Africa

Edited by Claude E. Welch, Jr. and Robert I. Meltzer
State University of New York Press, 1984
349 pp.
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Taking on an elusive subject, the editors have approached it from a variety of perspectives. The chapters comparing traditional African conceptions of human rights with those brought by Western colonizers stand out, elucidating the rights accorded by membership in an extended family, and the erosion of women's security by Western ground-rules for development. The book also contains the best analysis to date of recent African human rights initiatives, pinpointing the deficiencies of the Banjul Charter-and how it was weakened, during the negotiation process, in order to remove restrictions on the power of the state over individuals.