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This volume examines the prospect of an African regional human rights system as a means to foster the realisation of establishing universal human rights norms in Africa. The author argues that although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the role the United Nations plays in promoting global awareness of human rights has had a positive influence in Africa, their institutional, financial and political impediments undercut the ability of a global system to address adequately the crisis in human rights violations occurring in Africa today. To respond effectively to human rights abuses in Africa, more reliance should be placed on regional African institutions such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights so that a regional human rights system, working in concert with the United Nations global system, can bring more positive results. Using case studies from South Africa and Uganda, past difficulties in addressing human rights problems are analysed and recommendations made for future methodologies including the creation of an African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights.;As Africa stands poised between hope and despair, this insightful study offers an examination of one way in which human rights norms might become respected, promoted, and realised for the people of the African continent.