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African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights 

The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights was adopted African States members of the Organization of African Unity meeting in Banjul, Gambia, on 27 June 1981. It entered into force 21 October 1986. 

Article 2

    Every individual shall be entitled to the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms recognized and guaranteed in the present Charter without distinction of any kind such as race, ethnic group, color, sex, language, religion, political or any other opinion, national and social origin, fortune, birth or other status.
Article 8
    Freedom of conscience, the profession and free practice of religion shall be guaranteed. No one may, subject to law and order, be submitted to measures restricting the exercise of these freedoms.
Article 12 
    5. The mass expulsion of non-nationals shall be prohibited. Mass expulsion shall be that which is aimed at national, racial, ethnic or religious groups. 
Source: OAU Doc. CAB/LEG/67/3 rev. 5. The text of the Charter can be found on an Internet database operated by the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Library.

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