This Article argues that economic, social, and cultural rights are the key
to effectively realizing human rights in Africa. It contends that human
rights discourse on the indivisible bundle of rights must be put into
practice in the African context, where these rights are people's primary
means of self-defense. First, the Article argues that African governments'
failure to enthrone enforceable socio-economic rights compromises civil
and political rights. It then examines the inextricable link between these
rights and development, arguing that there is no justification for
discriminatory enforcement of human rights. The Article addresses
factors inhibiting the realization of these rights. It highlights the broad
consequences of the continued marginalization of socio-economic rights.
Finally, it urges a rejection of the Western model and explores approaches
to improve the fortunes of these rights. It concludes that selective
enforcement of human rights in the context of worsening social, economic,
civil, and political conditions is a heedless truncation of humanity.
Shedrack C. Agbakwa,
Reclaiming Humanity: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as the Cornerstone of African Human Rights,
Yale Hum. Rts. & Dev. L.J.
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