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At the African level

January 2011

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- African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, in June 1981.

ARTICLE 5 :
"Every individual shall have the right to the respect of the dignity inherent in a human being and to the recognition of his legal status. All forms of exploitation and degradation of man, particularly slavery, slave trade, torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment and treatment shall be prohibited".

- Robben Island Guidelines
Resolution on Guidelines and Measures for the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in Africa adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2002.

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