Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice

Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice

Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice

Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice

Synopsis

Advocates within the human rights movement have had remarkable success establishing new international laws, securing concrete changes in human rights policies and practices, and transforming the terms of public debate. Yet too often, the strategies these advocates have employed are not broadly shared or known. Campaigning for Justice addresses this gap to explain the "how" of the human rights movement.

Written from a practitioner's perspective, this book explores the strategies behind some of the most innovative human rights campaigns of recent years. Drawing on interviews with dozens of experienced human rights advocates, the book delves into local, regional, and international efforts to discover how advocates were able to address seemingly intractable abuses and secure concrete advances in human rights. These accounts provide a window into the way that human rights advocates conduct their work, their real-life struggles and challenges, the rich diversity of tools and strategies they employ, and ultimately, their courage and persistence in advancing human rights.

Excerpt

Campaigning for justice: human rights advocacy in practice is a muchneeded antidote to the perceived gap in the literature between human rights theory and the practice of human rights advocacy. the book demonstrates that ideas about human rights and the contemporary world are deeply connected with forms of practice and institutional shifts within international and transnational communities and that case studies of individual actors within these broader movements are a singular source of experiential knowledge and insight. Jo Becker is a longtime staffmember at Human Rights Watch with years of global experience in human rights advocacy reporting, and monitoring. She draws from this considerable experience on the frontlines of international human rights practice in a wide-ranging study of organized advocacy campaigns, developments in the un monitoring system, the politics of accountability within international criminal law, and the role of new forms of media in creating a “curious grapevine” of information about human rights violations that transcends—and transgresses—the boundaries of nationstates. Her book is meant to be used in multiple ways: as a source of new information about contemporary human rights practices; as a guide to the lives and experiences of people caught up in ongoing struggles for human rights and accountability; and as a deeply felt reflection on the pitfalls and potential ways forward for activists in the midst of conflict, resistance, and movements for social justice.

Her book is organized around profiles of human rights advocates and is structured in such a way that the lessons learned from these diverse experiences can be used by others who wish to participate in future campaigns. the writing and presentation are accessible, and the book speaks to a growing constituency that desires more grounded perspectives on human rights . . .

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