1st Edition

Expanding Perspectives on Human Rights in Africa

Edited By M. Raymond Izarali, Oliver Masakure, Bonny Ibhawoh Copyright 2019
    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book draws attention to emerging issues around the rights of minorities, marginalized groups, and persons in Africa. It explores the gaps between human rights provisions and conditions, showing that although international human rights principles have been embraced in the continent, various minority groups and marginalized persons are denied such rights through criminalization and persecution.

    African countries have a good record of signing and ratifying international and regional rights instruments but the political will and capacity for enforcing these with respect to minorities remain weak. International contributors to the book provide new perspectives on the rights of marginalized and minority groups in different parts of Africa and the extent to which they are deprived or denied entitlement to the universality and equality articulated in law. The authors show that human rights, while having come of age as a moral ideal, has not been fully entrenched in practice towards groups such as children, indigenous populations, the mentally ill, persons with disabilities, and persons with albinism.

    This volume is geared toward scholars, students, human rights groups, policy makers, social workers, international organizations, and policy makers in the fields of criminology, security studies, development studies, political science, sociology, children studies, social psychology, international relations, postcolonial studies, and African Studies.


    Conceptualizing Human Rights Issues in Africa

    M. Raymond Izarali, Oliver Masakure, and Bonny Ibhawoh


    Chapter 1: Human Rights and the Politics of Regime Legitimation in Africa: From Rights Commissions to Truth Commissions

    Bonny Ibhawoh

    Chapter 2: Human Rights in Africa: The African Criminal Court

    Thomas Rose


    Chapter 3: Structural Inequalities, Exclusion and Minorities in Africa

    Oliver Masakure

    Chapter 4: Old-Age Poverty, Human Rights, and Social Protection for the Elderly in Nigeria

    Olabanji Akinola

    Chapter 5: Youth Movements: Emerging Actors of the Struggles for Civil and Political Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Lamine Diallo and Ousmane Aly Diallo

    Chapter 6: The Sustainable Development Goals as Human Rights

    Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu and David Zakus


    Chapter 7: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Historical Antecedents and Implications for Disability Rights and Socioeconomic Development in Africa

    Jeff Grischow

    Chapter 8: Persons with Albinism: not ghosts, but human beings

    Jean Burke

    Chapter 9: Disability Rights are human Rights: A Situational Analysis of Persons with Disabilities in Sierra Leone

    Sylvester Amara Lamin

    Chapter 10: Mental Health Inequities in Africa: A Human Rights Perspective

    Consoler Teboh


    Chapter 11: Women’s Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: Between the Law and Cultural Norms

    Paul Ocheje

    Chapter 12: Women’s rights, food entitlements, and governance in urban Uganda

    Andrea Brown

    Chapter 13: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Contemporary Africa

    Ramola Ramtohul


    Chapter 14: Towards an Inclusive Approach to Human Rights Enjoyment and Protection in Africa in an Age of Globalization

    M. Raymond Izarali


    M. Raymond Izarali is a philosopher and Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada. He is a Fellow and former director of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa at the same institution. His research interests include globalization, global terrorism and security, human rights theory, Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia. He has published two co-edited books, The Contemporary Caribbean: Issues and Challenges (2013) and Security, Education and Development in Contemporary Africa (Routledge, London, 2017); and a sole edited book, Crime, Violence and Security in the Caribbean (Routledge, New York, 2018).

    Oliver Masakure is Associate Professor in Business Technology Management. He holds a joint appointment in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and Human Rights & Human Diversity at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada. He is a Fellow and former director of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa at the same institution. An applied economist, his research and publishing focus is on the economics of innovation, labour economics, and development economics. He previously published a co-edited book, Security, Education and Development in Contemporary Africa (Routledge, London, 2017).

    Bonny Ibhawoh is Professor of History and Global Human Rights at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He has taught in universities in Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. He was previously a Human Rights Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York, USA; a Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Associate Member of the Centre for African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. He is the author of several books and journal articles on African history and politics, human rights, and imperial history, including Imperialism and Human Rights (1998); Imperial Justice: Africans in Empire’s Court (2013); and Human Rights in Africa (2017). He is a member of the College of Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada.