Human Rights in Africa

Cambridge University Press, 25 janv. 2018 - 245 pages
Human rights have a deep and tumultuous history that culminates in the age of rights we live in today, but where does Africa's story fit in with this global history? Here, Bonny Ibhawoh maps this story and offers a comprehensive and interpretative history of human rights in Africa. Rather than a tidy narrative of ruthless violators and benevolent protectors, this book reveals a complex account of indigenous African rights traditions embodied in the wisdom of elders and sages; of humanitarians and abolitionists who marshalled arguments about natural rights and human dignity in the cause of anti-slavery; of the conflictual encounters between natives and colonists in the age of Empire and the 'civilizing mission'; of nationalists and anti-colonialists who deployed an emergent lexicon of universal human rights to legitimize longstanding struggles for self-determination, and of dictators and dissidents locked in struggles over power in the era of independence and constitutional rights.

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Elders and Sages
Humanitarians and Abolitionists
Natives and Colonists
Nationalists and AntiColonists
Dictators and Dissidents
Old Struggles and New Causes
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À propos de l'auteur (2018)

Bonny Ibhawoh is a professor of History and Global Human Rights at McMaster University, Ontario. He has taught in universities in Africa, the United States and Canada. He was previously a Human Rights Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York and a Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen. He is the author of Imperial Justice: Africans in Empire's Court (2013) and Imperialism and Human Rights (2008), named American Library Association Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

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