hand that the reality and respect of peoples rights should necessarily guarantee human
Considering that the enjoyment of rights and freedoms also implies the performance of
duties on the part of everyone; Convinced that it is henceforth essential to pay a particular
attention to the right to development and that civil and political rights cannot be
dissociated from economic, social and cultural rights in their conception as well as
universality and that the satisfaction of economic, social and cultural rights ia a guarantee
for the enjoyment of civil and political rights;
Conscious of their duty to achieve the total liberation of Africa, the peoples of which are
still struggling for their dignity and genuine independence, and undertaking to eliminate
colonialism, neo-colonialism, apartheid, zionism and to dismantle aggressive foreign
military bases and all forms of discrimination, particularly those based on race, ethnic
group, color, sex. language, religion or political opinions;
Reaffirming their adherence to the principles of human and peoples' rights and freedoms
contained in the declarations, conventions and other instrument adopted by the
Organization of African Unity, the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries and the United
Firmly convinced of their duty to promote and protect human and people' rights and
freedoms taking into account the importance traditionally attached to these rights and
freedoms in Africa;
Have agreed as follows:
Part I: Rights and Duties

Chapter I: Human and Peoples' Rights

Article 1
The Member States of the Organization of African Unity parties to the present Charter
shall recognize the rights, duties and freedoms enshrined in this Chapter and shall
undertake to adopt legislative or other measures to give effect to them.
Article 2
Every individual shall be entitled to the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms recognized
and guaranteed in the present Charter without distinction of any kind such as race, ethnic
group, color, sex, language, religion, political or any other opinion, national and social
origin, fortune, birth or other status.


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