The African Human Rights Charter

The African Human Rights Charter

The African States members of the Organization of African Unity, parties to the present 
convention entitled "African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights", Recalling Decision 115 (XVI) of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government at its Sixteenth Ordinary Session held in Monrovia, Liberia, from 17 to 20 July 1979 on the preparation of a "preliminary draft on an African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights 
providing inter alia for the establishment of bodies to promote and protect human and 
peoples' rights"; 


Considering the Charter of the Organization of African Unity, which stipulates that "freedom, equality, justice and dignity are essential objectives for the achievement of the legitimate aspirations of the African peoples"; Reaffirming the pledge they solemnly made in Article 2 of the said Charter to eradicate all forms of colonialism from Africa, to coordinate and intensify their cooperation and efforts to achieve a better life for the peoples of Africa and to promote international cooperation having due regard to the Charter of the United Nations. and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; 


Taking into consideration the virtues of their historical tradition and the values of African 
civilization which should inspire and characterize their reflection on the concept of human 
and peoples' rights;

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