Extensive human rights abuses still occur in Africa. In your opinion, how can Africa move forward and establish a good human rights system? And what are the causes of these abuses?
Hello colleagues. Thank you for this question and issue. In the first place, communities and institutions need capacity building in human rights, what are human rights all about and after understanding them then we can understand how best we can pursue them through avoiding causes and not causing harm to others in bid achieve human rights. Ignorance on human rights is the biggest challenge in communities and leaders take advantage of this. For example the constitution of Uganda says that all power belongs to the people (chapter one part 1-sovereignty of the people). But if we were to do an assessment, how many people in the rural community could know this. This what empowers them in the long run and they can use to claim their rights as well as their responsibilities and duties towards the same.
Let us create community awareness on human rights then systems can always be established by communities in collaboration with other stakeholders to look out the causes of abuses and address them as they happen.
Stay safe. Nsengiyumva
Indeed! Thank you Deogratias!
First, the root cause of human right abuses in Africa is abuse of power which stems from the lumping of the all the executive powers to the president. The executive power of government needs to be divided into two, and each independent of another. That is the only way to establish a good human rights system in Africa.
You are right Chika, abuses in Africa is also amplified with dirty politics we experience in Africa.
Human rights in Africa has been perceived as NGO business. Infact people only raise the voice about human rights atrocities when they need to capture the attention of the donors. Most organizations that floss with the phrase ‘human rights’ have many questionable deals that negate the rights-based approach If people were genuinely concerned about the rights of others as well as themselves, they would take individual responsibility in their thoughts, words and actions. I am thankful that karma always catches up with this hypocrisy
Thank you my dear sister. I strongly believe that Africa must find African solutions to African problems. Learning is there whenever one needs to learn and we can learn negatively or positively as well. Communities and institutions in Africa seem not to understand what human rights means and we may not blame them because of the way governance was introduced to Africa. Remember in the wake of slave trade, colonial, and neo-colonialism then we bring human rights. Now here, Africa communities and institutions must seek Africa understanding of human rights in the context of Africa and learn best practices from those who have performed better in this sector either in Africa or outside Africa.
Stay safe, Merry Christmas.
The amplification of human right issues is vastly political and stems from the failure of states instrument to properly mirror actions represented by written laws and regulations. The will to drive change and rigorous support is lacking in individuals and family because that is the nucleus of the society.