The human rights framework in Africa has developed through various regional human rights treaties and institutions. But the human rights promised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are far from being a reality for the people of Africa.
Diverse, multi-faceted movements are developing a new form of activism and empowerment. They are demanding that all the rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights be made a reality, for all.
In this anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the prospect of an effective remedy for victims of human rights violations in many countries remains illusory.
Europe and Central Asia
In spite of threats, intimidation and detention, human rights defenders across Europe held on to the vision of 1948. They remained resolute in their work, and in inspiring others to join them in their request for lasting change and respect for the human rights of all.
Middle East and North Africa
With such initial support, it might have been expected that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would have had greater impact on the lives of those in the region.