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Vol 37 No 19

Published 20th September 1996

An uphill struggle

Human rights organisations on Africa are growing in number, if not in influence

Since the end of the Cold War, international non-governmental organisations working on human rights in Africa have been reassessing their operations and roles. Robust local human rights organisations have grown up within Africa, such as Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa or Nigeria’s Civil Liberties Organisation. A Southern African Development Community network of human rights NGOs will be launched in November. Women and law networks have sprung up, especially in east and southern Africa, with a special focus on women’s property and inheritance rights.

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