Right now in class we are studying the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms. Since my book has taken place in Masoyi, South Africa, I thought I would look to see if they have any document similar.
South Africa has the South African Charter of Religious Rights. In South Africa every person has the right to religion. They can practice which ever religion they want. They also say that no person should be discriminated in any way for their religion. Each person is South Africa has the right to privacy. That means that they have the right not to have their home searched, their property searched, their possessions seized, and the property of their communications infringed. Everybody has the right to equality. No person can be treated unfairly based on race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, martial status, age disability, religion, colour belief etc. Also every citizen has the right to basic education.
This document has very similar rights compared to Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I think that South Africa would not be too different from what it is now. Sure there are more laws based on the culture of their community that are different than Canada's but the main laws that have a bigger effect on the community there are very similar. In Masoyi some of the laws above are barely met because of the economy there. I think that if the small towns economy improved, the laws would be met especially the right to basic education.