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African Charter on Human and People's Rights

The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (‘the Charter’) was adopted in 1981 by the Organisation of African Unity, the forerunner of the African Union. It entered into force on 21 October 1986. The Charter contains a brief right to education provision, together with an over-arching prohibition on discrimination based on race, ethnic group, colour, sex, language, religion, or political or any other opinion, national and social origin, fortune, birth or other status. The instrument is strongly African in focus, aiming to further African values and build on the virtues of African historical traditions, while alleviating human rights violations, which are of growing concern to Africans today.

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