Amnesty International hopes that the second edition of this booklet will help all human rights activists in Africa and elsewhere in their campaigns to protect and promote human rights in Africa. Governments are much less likely to violate human rights if people know what their rights are and what they can do if these rights are not respected. This is recognized by the African Charter, which says that governments have a duty to inform people of their rights through education and publicity. However, lack of resources and political will has left this duty largely unfulfilled.
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