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Current Claims, Regional Experiences, Pressing Problems: Identification of the Salient Issues and Pressing Problems in an African Post-colonial Perspective

Current Claims, Regional Experiences, Pressing Problems: Identification of the Salient... INTRODUCTION Many international, regional and national human rights instruments provide that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, and that it is the duty of states to promote and protect all human rights and freedoms. However, many people's experiences do not reflect this ideal conception of human rights. Racism and racial discrimination, particularly in the institutionalised form of state laws, policies and practice, have constituted one of history's major forms of gross and flagrant human rights violations. One of the greatest challenges for humankind in the twenty-first century is to attain greater realisation and enjoyment of human rights for all human beings. For many African people, however, this challenge cannot be addressed without considering and dealing with the devastating effects of racism and racial discrimination arising from the centuries-long enslavement and colonisation of Africa and its peoples. Until recently, little attention had been paid to these issues by either the African peoples or the international community. However, the build-up to the Third World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban, South Africa, in August and September 2001, provided an opportunity for intensive discussions and debates. The debates will, of course, continue even http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Rights in Development Online Brill

Current Claims, Regional Experiences, Pressing Problems: Identification of the Salient Issues and Pressing Problems in an African Post-colonial Perspective

Human Rights in Development Online , Volume 7 (1): 23 – Jan 1, 2001

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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INTRODUCTION Many international, regional and national human rights instruments provide that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, and that it is the duty of states to promote and protect all human rights and freedoms. However, many people's experiences do not reflect this ideal conception of human rights. Racism and racial discrimination, particularly in the institutionalised form of state laws, policies and practice, have constituted one of history's major forms of gross and flagrant human rights violations. One of the greatest challenges for humankind in the twenty-first century is to attain greater realisation and enjoyment of human rights for all human beings. For many African people, however, this challenge cannot be addressed without considering and dealing with the devastating effects of racism and racial discrimination arising from the centuries-long enslavement and colonisation of Africa and its peoples. Until recently, little attention had been paid to these issues by either the African peoples or the international community. However, the build-up to the Third World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban, South Africa, in August and September 2001, provided an opportunity for intensive discussions and debates. The debates will, of course, continue even

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Published: Jan 1, 2001

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