The International Law Department of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) published a new book entiled: "The international protection of human rights in Africa. Dynamics, Challenges and Prospects, thirty years after the adoption of the African Charter of Human and Peoples".
This book is as its name suggests, a reflection on the African system for the promotion and protection of human rights, thirty years after the adoption of the Charter and when the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights breath on his 25th birthday. Edited by Prof. Alain Didier Olinga (Head of International Law Department of the IRIC), the book prefaced by Professor Alain Ondoua (Professor of Public Law at the University of Poitiers on secondment to the University Agency lof Francophonie) counted ten contributions, and has a total of 321 pages.
Here globally the skeleton of the book (which is written in French).
- General Introduction The gradual emergence of an African system of guaranteed human rights and peoples (Alain Didier Olinga).
The author examines the existence of an "African system "of protection and promotion of human rights, and the coherence of the system built on the African Charter.
Part I: The normative dynamic of the system
- The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and its subsequent enhancements (Jean Cde Noël Atemengue).
The author revisits the Charter and its protocols, its current character and especially the work of adaptation of the Charter by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.
- The African instruments dealing with human rights outside the scope of conventional African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (Joel Jacques Andela).
Except the Charter, many other African instruments protect directly or incident human rights. The author presents it in substance.
Part Two: The constitutional dynamics of the system
- The quasi-judicial bodies (Rostand Banzeu).
After presenting the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the author scrutinizes and analyzes the results of their work thirty years after the adoption of the Charter .
- The judicial bodies of the African system of promotion and protection of human rights (Apollin Koagne Zouapet).
Presenting judicial institutions present and future (both regional and sub-regional), the author reflects on the meaning of the appearance of the judge in the field of protection of human rights on the continent, and analyzes its role in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and effectiveness.
Part Three: The operational dynamics of the system
- The procedure of Submission before the Commission in Banjul (Martial Zanga and Fabrice Ayina).
The authors revisit the practice of the Court to see how it has interpreted and applied the rules relating to admissibility and jurisdiction in the examination of individual communications.
- The Reparation of damages in the African system for the promotion and protection of human rights (Michel Mahouve).
What are the sanctions in case of finding of a violation of human rights? These sanctions are they effective and actually implemented? These are the issues addressed by this article.
- Introductory remarks on the interpretation of the African Charter of Human and Peoples by the Commission in Banjul (Alain Didier Olinga).
In this article, the author scrutinizes the decisions of the Commission and the big spring characteristics of the interpretation of the Charter.
Part Four: The mutations and the future of the System
- Application of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights by the courts of the Regional Economic Communities (Sophie Baker Djoumessi Kenfack)
The author noting the emergence of the courts in the sub-regional economic organizations, analysis the mandate to protect human rights entrusted to them, their use of the Charter and the consequences for system consistency.
- The Inter-Institutional Complementarities in the African system of protection of human rights (Carole Valerie Nouazi Kemkeng).
The author considers the interrelations between the different components of the system of protection and promotion; gaps and voids of the proposed framework and solutions.
- Appendices. those will trace the main highlights of the evolution of the African system thirty years.
It was very exciting to participate in this research especially as Professor Olinga did me the honor to entrust the Secretariat of the project. This book is trying to be the starting point of a long series of studies of the Department of International Law IRIC, we invite you to browse through this book, it is our dearest wish, can bring something to the multiple ongoing debates on the continent. In this perspective, do not hesitate to send us your criticism, comments and observations.