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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACommHPR)

Rachel Murray

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 July 2024

Civil and political rights — Economic, social, and cultural rights — Freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (‘ACommHPR’) was established in 1987. Its founding instrument, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (‘AChHPR’), was adopted in 1981 and came into force in 1986 (African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights [1981] ). The ACommHPR has often suffered from negative comparisons with its European and Inter-American counterparts (European Court of Human Rights [ECtHR]; Inter-American Commission on Human Rights [IACommHR]; Inter-American Court of Human Rights [IACtHR] ), its critics citing lack of...
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