Implementation of Human Rights in Africa still a challenge

The Human Rights Institute of South Africa (Hurisa) says although African countries have mechanisms in place to protect human rights, the implementation and lack of political will remain a major challenge.

Hurisa in partnership with the Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Gender Equality and other civil society organisations are celebrating African Human Rights Day, ahead of the continent-wide celebration on Saturday.

African Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 October annually in commemoration of the African Charter On Human and People’s Rights, which came into force on that day in 1985.

Hurisa says it’s concerned about the continuing violation of human rights of citizens by some African governments.

Executive director Corlett Letlojane said: “The message that we are giving to our leaders is they have a duty under article one, to respect the apex body which is the commission on human rights which is operating independently without fear and prejudice and to recognise the civil society and human right defenders. They must develop laws that promote human rights.”

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