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HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA: CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES, by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim and Francis M. Deng (eds). Washington: The Brookings Institution, 1990. 399pp. Cloth $24.95. ISBN: 0-412-03458-X. Paper $12.95. ISBN: 0-412-03456-8.
Reviewed by James Madison, Department of Political Science, The Federalist University. Email: your e-mail address. [Do not give your e-mail address if you do not wish it distributed with your review]
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