Saturday, March 17, 2012

Human Rights Watch

As mentioned in the Amnesty International post below, the Invisible Children campaign against Joseph Kony should lead viewers to do some reading about the work of other long-established NGOs in Uganda and surrounding countries. One of these is Human Rights Watch, whose Ida Sawyer recently wrote From Campaigning to Action on Joseph Kony and the LRA.

Sawyer describes how HRW helped to bring about the Obama Administration's current effort to pursue Kony with U.S. Special Forces. She agrees with critics that social networking alone is not enough to bring Kony to justice, nor would that in turn be enough to solve the problems created by the LRA or the broader problems in the region. She does, however, argue that bringing Kony to justice should be done, and that U.S. participation is probably needed. In this article, she points to the Crisis Tracker mapping site that Invisible Children has created.

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