The need to reform the political role of the African Union in promoting democracy and human rights in domestic states: Making states more accountable and less able to avoid scrutiny at the united nations and at the African Union, using Swaziland to spotlight the issues

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Abstract

This article examines how effective the African Union (AU) has been in pushing states to be more democratic in nature and to respect, protect, fulfil and promote the human rights of their inhabitants. It reviews the political role of the AU in this regard using the situation in Swaziland to do so. The article also examines Swaziland at the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process as a comparative tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-107
Number of pages24
JournalAfrican Journal of International and Comparative Law
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • African Union
  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • Regional human rights system
  • Swaziland
  • Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

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