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      Recognition of minority groups as a prerequisite for the protection of human rights: The case of Anglophone Cameroon

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          Human rights are inextricably linked. No instrument demonstrates this nexus between the various categories of rights better than the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. In the African Charter collective rights and individual rights are interdependent and indivisible. In some circumstances it would be difficult if not impossible to protect individual rights if collective/group rights were not guaranteed and protected. The collective right of self-determination is recognised in the United Nations Charter. The right to self-determination is of particular relevance to the Republic of Cameroon where the Anglophone minority since independence continuously has complained of marginalisation and neo-colonialism. These complaints have been to the effect that severe violations of the rights of some Anglophone Cameroonians have occurred. The article contends that these violations are a direct consequence of the attempted erasure of the status of a 'people' that Anglophone Cameroonians as a group continued to enjoy after their free association with the Republic of Cameroon. The article demonstrates that the attempted erasure has enabled not only the violation of individual rights but has led to an armed conflict in Cameroon where there is now a struggle for the creation of an Anglophone state.

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                Journal
                ahrlj
                African Human Rights Law Journal
                Afr. hum. rights law j.
                Centre of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa )
                1609-073X
                1996-2096
                2019
                : 19
                : 2
                : 675-697
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                [01] orgnameUniversity of Istanbul orgdiv1Faculty of Law orgdiv2Department of International Law
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                S1996-20962019000200007 S1996-2096(19)01900200007
                10.17159/1996-2096/2019/v19n2a6
                72d45a7c-97d2-4aa9-be8d-e7e9e76d2560

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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                individual rights,group rights,minority groups,Anglophone Cameroon,self-determination

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