The Banjul Charter: The Case for an African Cultural Fingerprint
Published as Chapter 3 in Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa, Abdullahi An-Na'im, ed.
This article questions the universality of the human rights corpus and argues that a human rights doctrine that is legitimate across cultures and traditions is not possible without the participation of the wider globe. Its purpose is to imagine and reconfigure a rights regime that could achieve legitimacy in Africa. It argues that African cultures and conceptions of man have a lot to contribute to the exercise of the reconstruction of the human rights corpus. The piece focuses attention on particular African ideas and conceptions of society, morality, and human ethos that would enrich the human rights regime and make it more legitimate in Africa.
African cultural fingerprint, duties, rights, African Charter, entitlement, norms, individualism, colonialism
Human Rights Law | Law
Makau Mutua, The Banjul Charter: The Case for an African Cultural Fingerprint, in Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa 68 (Abdullahi An-Na'im, ed., Zed Books 2002).