VOLUME 5 2017


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The editors of the African Disability Rights Yearbook (ADRY) are pleased to announce the publication of the fifth volume of the ADRY.

Section A of this volume features seven articles by: Mirriam Nthenge on early childhood development and education for children with disabilities in Kenya; Bernadette Malunga, Ngeyi Ruth Kanyongolo, and Ngcimezile Mbano-Mweso on access to justice of children with disabilities in defilement cases in Malawi; Zita Hansungule and Trynie Boezaart on socio-economic rights of children with disabilities in South Africa; Faraaz Mahomed and Michael Ashley Stein on de-stigmatising psychosocial disabilities in South Africa; Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy and Jeff Grischow and on mental Illness, stigma and disability rights in Ghana; Mark Mostert and Martha Weich on a framework for addressing trafficking of body parts of persons with albinism: and Abdallah Possi and Ally Possi on the intersection between identity and anti-discrimination measures for protecting persons with albinism. The last two articles, which focus on albinism, stem from papers presented at a conference on albinism that was convened in 2016 by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

Section B contains reports on two countries: Djibouti by Djibril Ismail Cher; and Madagascar by Isambilo Rabearison-Andrianjara.

Section C contains two commentaries by: Elizabeth Kamundia on the intersection between right to the highest attainable standard of mental health and article 25 of the CRPD in selected African countries; and Damalie Naggita-Musoke on East African disability rights developments.

The 2017 volume ends with a book review of Elizabeth Barnes’s The minority body: A theory of disability. The book is reviewed by Charles Ngwena.


  • Charles Ngwena (convening editor)
  • Ilze Grobbelaar-du Plessis
  • Heléne Combrinck
  • Serges Djoyou Kamga



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