Improving the Standards of Human Rights and Refugee Protection in Africa


  • Barbara E. Harrell-Bond
  • George Kanyeihamba



Rights of Refugees, Refugee Protection, Africa, Refugee Experience, Host Experience, Refugee Law


In September 1986, under the auspices of the refugee Studies Programme, an international seminar on the implementation of the OAU and UN Conventions and Domestic Legislation Concerning the Rights and Obligations of Refugees in Africa was held at Oxford Univerity. There were thirty-five participants from Africa, including academics and officials nominated by seventeen African governments. A number of eminent scholars, government officials, refugees, and agency personnel from Asia, Europe and the Americas were involved. The seminar focused chiefly on refugees in Africa, but one of its purposes was to acquaint participants with law, policy, and practice in all the regions of the world affected by mass exodus. Each African government representative presented a paper on the legal situation for refugees in their country. Guest speakers reported on the situation for refugees in Southeast Asia, Pakistan, Canada, Europe, Central America, Britain, the US, and Mexico. Through films and lectures, the participants were able to consider a range of related topics: for instance, how different development models lead to oppression; the psychological consequences of authoritarian regimes; the rights of the child; the special problems of women refugees; torture; and the problems of adaptation to life in asylum.


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Harrell-Bond, B. E., & Kanyeihamba, G. (1987). Improving the Standards of Human Rights and Refugee Protection in Africa. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 6(4), 10–12.

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