(Adopted 27 June 1981, OAU Doc. CAB/LEG/67/3 rev. 5, 21 I.L.M. 58 (1982), entered into
force 21 October 1986)

The African States members of the Organization of African Unity, parties to the present
convention entitled "African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights",
Recalling Decision 115 (XVI) of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government at its
Sixteenth Ordinary Session held in Monrovia, Liberia, from 17 to 20 July 1979 on the
preparation of a "preliminary draft on an African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
providing inter alia for the establishment of bodies to promote and protect human and
peoples' rights";
Considering the Charter of the Organization of African Unity, which stipulates that
"freedom, equality, justice and dignity are essential objectives for the achievement of the
legitimate aspirations of the African peoples";
Reaffirming the pledge they solemnly made in Article 2 of the said Charter to eradicate all
forms of colonialism from Africa, to coordinate and intensify their cooperation and efforts
to achieve a better life for the peoples of Africa and to promote international cooperation
having due regard to the Charter of the United Nations. and the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights;
Taking into consideration the virtues of their historical tradition and the values of African
civilization which should inspire and characterize their reflection on the concept of human
and peoples' rights;
Recognizing on the one hand, that fundamental human rights stem from the attributes of
human beings which justifies their national and international protection and on the other


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