Human Rights Manual and Sourcebook for Africa

Human Rights Manual and Sourcebook for Africa

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At a time when the issue of human rights in Africa is making many advances, Human Rights Sourcebook and Manual for Africa introduces easy-to-use jurisprudence. The first section covers key principles and human rights norms which are detailed in straightforward language. The second section is devoted to the death penalty, detailing the relevant provisions from both international and regional instruments and offering a comparative commentary as to how the principles and relevant rights relate to the death penalty. The third section summarizes key case law from international, regional and domestic African courts and tribunals. The case summaries detail the facts and decisions and include a headnote of relevant concepts for quick reference. The fourth section focuses on thirteen African countries, yet the reports are a useful comparative resource for all countries. From conducting the research and compiling the material for this final section, it is apparent that nothing like this has been attempted before in Africa. Much of the work emanates from primary research and investigation conducted by local research teams in the individual countries. Investigative research includes visiting prisons, physically counting the individuals on death row and interviewing the detainees to obtain their age and the length of time they had been on death row.The case, Roper v Simmons, 10 involved Christopher Simmons, who was 17 when he was arrested for the murder of Shirley Crook. ... 11 Death Penalty Information Center, alt;;did= 885agt;.

Title:Human Rights Manual and Sourcebook for Africa
Author:Keir Starmer, Theodora A. Christou
Publisher:BIICL - 2005


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