World Law: Rule for Freedom

Freedom is a magic word in Africa, where 17 new nations have obtained their freedom from colonial rule in 1960 alone. But unhappily, national freedom has not meant individual freedom under law. Individual Africans have often found that they have exchanged the old tyranny of their white rulers for a new tyranny imposed by their own native masters. In fact, some of the continent's shrillest crit ics of colonial oppression have become oppressors in their own right after achieving independence. Under the sponsorship of the International Commission of Jurists, a nucleus of African lawyers, jurists and teachers met in Nigeria's...

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