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‘Hunted like animals': The conundrums of countering crimes against albinistic persons in the era of the UDHR

In recent times, many Africans with albinism have been maimed, raped and killed. These atrocities and affronts to the dignity of this endangered group is a sober reminder of the challenges ahead for Africa and the international community. The fight against this persecution is amongst others dependen...

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Main Author: Nkrumah, Bright
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2018
In:International journal of law, crime and justice
Year: 2018, Volume: 55, Pages: 52-59
Online Access: Resolving-System
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Summary:In recent times, many Africans with albinism have been maimed, raped and killed. These atrocities and affronts to the dignity of this endangered group is a sober reminder of the challenges ahead for Africa and the international community. The fight against this persecution is amongst others dependent on how successful the right to life and dignity protected in (inter)national instruments are concretised. The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has shown a slow but steady progress towards this concretisation. Even though the instrument has spawned a lavish structure of interlocking strands -treaties, procedures and institutions-all proclaiming to protect the rights of people, it fails to problematize unique African circumstances which confront persons with albinism today. To this end, the paper assesses some of these conundrums and makes recommendation on how to overcome them in order to forestall this crime.