In pursuit of universal suffrage : the right of prisoners in Africa to vote

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dc.contributor.author Abebe, Adem Kassie
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-29T10:22:18Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-29T10:22:18Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.description.abstract This article assesses decisions of domestic courts in Africa on the right of prisoners to vote. Although there is an increasing recognition of this right to vote at national level, it is difficultto talk of such a ‘right’ at the international, or African level. Nevertheless, it appears from the decisions of international and regional tribunals that international human rights law is not in favour of automatic and indiscriminate criminal disenfranchisement laws. Some courts in Africa have played an active role in enfranchising prisoners. Yet, the overwhelming majority of African countries continue to exclude prisoners from elections. A decision at the African level, either by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, or by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, can contribute to clarifying the status of the right of prisoners to vote in the African human rights system. Human rights NGOs should, therefore, identity and submit a suitable test case to the commission, and if possible to the court. This article recommends that the African Commission should submit an application requesting the advisory opinion of the African Court on the issue of criminal disenfranchisement with its diverse manifestations. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Abebe, AK 2013, 'In pursuit of universal suffrage : the right of prisoners in Africa to vote', Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 410-446. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0010-4051
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/39935
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law, UNISA en_US
dc.rights Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law, UNISA en_US
dc.subject Universal suffrage en_US
dc.subject Prisoners right en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject National level en_US
dc.subject Voting en_US
dc.title In pursuit of universal suffrage : the right of prisoners in Africa to vote en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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