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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: African States: Themes Emerging from the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review
Author(s): Etone, Damian
Keywords: Africa
Universal Periodic Review
cultural relativism
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Date Deposited: 5-May-2020
Citation: Etone D (2018) African States: Themes Emerging from the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review. Journal of African Law, 62 (2), pp. 201-223.
Abstract: This article examines the themes emerging from the engagement of African states with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council. The underlying principles of universality, cooperation and dialogue that 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 UPR from acting as an effective mechanism for human rights enforcement. It examines the potential for UPR to complement other national, regional and international human rights mechanisms, and the danger of state ritualism. These have ramifications for the extent to which UPR can achieve its goal of improving the human rights situation on the ground in Africa.
DOI Link: 10.1017/s0021855318000128
Rights: This article has been published in a revised form in Journal of African Law This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © SOAS, University of London 2018.
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