Human Rights, African Values and Traditions
  • Authors: P. I. Iribemwangi, Margaret W. Muthee and J. B. Ndohvu
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This book is the result of a long-term cooperation project aimed at strengthening human rights university education in East Africa, HAKI AFRIKA, which brings together individuals teaching in universities in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. The book originate from a workshop hosted by the network in Nairobi on 23 and 24 October 2008, under the theme of “Human Rights, African Values and Traditions”, which was funded by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) through funds from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On this occasion, the authors presented papers and received comments and feedback from their colleagues and from DIHR.

The original intention was to publish the papers in an inaugural HAKI Journal, but following the workshop, this idea was abandoned. It was subsequently agreed between DIHR and Haki-Afrika secretariat which was hosted by the University of Nairobi, Department of Linguistics and Languages to publish the papers in one volume to allow them to be shared widely in the region and internationally. Subsequently, the authors have received many suggestions on ways of improving their texts and therefore, the chapters that appear in this book are improved and updated versions of those discussed during the workshop

The Authors

P. I. Iribemwangi has been instrumental in the mainstreaming of human rights as an academic discipline at the University of Nairobi where he teaches in the Department of Linguistics and Languages. He is a great proponent of an inter-disciplinary approach to the teaching of human rights and peace. Dr. Iribemwangi’s main area of interest is the interface between language and human rights from both academic and advocacy points of view. A leading translation and communication consultant, he has translated many legal and human rights instruments from English to African languages. He has published widely on language and society. Iribemwangi is a member of the University of Nairobi Centre for Human Rights and Peace as well as the Lead Editor of this series.

Margaret Wamuyu Muthee recently completed a 6-month fellowship programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, where she undertook a project titled, “Youth Crisis in Kenya: Opportunities and Challenges”. Specifically, her work focuses on youth, violence, unemployment and peace-building using social media and networking. She studied at the University of Nairobi, where she obtained M.A Development Studies and B.A Anthropology. She has worked in the non-profit sector in the areas of governance, democracy, development, human rights, gender and HIV/AIDS. Lately, she has been based at the University of Nairobi as the Project Manager of Haki-Afrika, an association of University teachers of human rights. She is an Associate Editor of this series.

Juma B. Ndohvu lectures in epistemology and natural philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the same University. He is the author of A History of Ancient Philosophy. He is a member of several organizations such as Haki-Afrika and is a founder member of the Centre for Human Rights and Peace, University of Nairobi.  He is currently the Coordinator of the Centre. Dr. Ndohvu is an Associate Editor of this volume.