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Ethnicity, Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Africa

Many of the serious and violent political conflicts facing Africa today have a clear-cut ethnical dimension. The list of countries affected by such disturbances is long, including states such as Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to cite only a few.
This publication examines ways in which a state can be designed or re-designed to respond to the imperative of ethnicity. It highlights different approaches that can be employed to accommodate ethnic diversity and thereby prevent violent outbreaks of ethnic tensions.

The book was produced by the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists with the financial support of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, under the aegis of its Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa.


1.Post-colonial nation-building and ethnic diversity in Africa.

2.Constitutionalism as a panacea to ethnic divisions in Kenya: A post 2007 election crises perspective.

3.Devolution of power as constitutionalism: The constitutional debate and beyond.

4.Federalism and the ethnicity question in Kenya: Limits, fears and prospects.

5.Ethnic conflict in Kenya: An analysis of the politicization of ethnicity and the impact of free markets on ethnic relations.

6.Citizenship and minorities in Kenya.

7.Cameroon’s constitutional conundrum: Reconciling unity with diversity.

8.Federalism and accommodation of ethnic diversity in Africa: The Ethiopian experience.

9.Protecting ethnic minorities in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.

10.Explaining and managing the politics of ethnic diversity in South Africa.