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SADC and human rights : Fitting human rights into the trade matrix

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Kaime, Thokozani:
SADC and human rights : Fitting human rights into the trade matrix.
In: African Security Review. Vol. 13 (January 2004) Issue 1 . - pp. 109-117.
ISSN 1024-6029
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2004.9627278

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Most sub- Saharan countries possess limited development and economic potential because they are very poorly endowed with human and physical capital. Their plight is exacerbated because they are either denied much-needed investment owing to their small market size3 or because they are taken advantage of by foreign investors owing to their unequal bargaining power.4 Such countries are therefore caught in a vicious circle whereby poverty leads to an inability to access foreign investment, which only leads to further poverty. To overcome these difficulties and break the circle, regional integration has been pur- sued as the means for creating larger markets and consolidating the resources and potential of these poor economies. Such larger markets are expected to create greater economies of scale which will then attract investment and improve the development and economic potential of the countries concerned. In recognition of the limited capability of their individual economies, governments of the nine independent states of Southern Africa decided in 1980 to utilise their unity and proximity for two basic objectives: first, the joint co-operation for the sustainable social and economic development of their peoples and the economies of the nine states as a whole; and second, the economic libera- tion of the member states from historical domination in the region by the then apartheid South Africa. This contribution introduces the SADC regional integration mechanism, outlines its aims and objectives and demonstrates the pre- eminence of trade within the scheme. The paper proceeds to highlight the secondary sta- tus ascribed to human rights protection by the SADC Treaty, institutions and programmes despite the human-centred conception of development within the Treaty. It is contend- ed in this paper that the promotion and pro- tection of human rights is one of the central objectives of the integration initiative

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Law > Chair African Legal Studies > Chair African Legal Studies - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thokozani Kaime
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Law
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Law > Chair African Legal Studies
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 340 Law
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2020 07:42
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 08:06
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/55668