By Alex de Waal
interpreting the effect of western mass tradition advocates, Advocacy in Conflict evaluates the successes and screw ups of advocacy campaigns and provides confident feedback of ongoing efforts. Alex de Waal makes use of high-profile case stories, resembling campaigns relating to democracy, human trafficking, incapacity rights, and land rights to problem the assumptions and agendas that advocacy organisations perpetuate.
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The method also implies a means of governance of the issue: the substantive matter of concern, initially voiced by the Southern activist, becomes translated into a question of what the transnational advocate can do. An interesting example of issue selection and reframing, from the formative period of debate on ESC rights, is the question of human rights and famine. This formed a chapter in the HRW report ‘Indivisible human rights’, written in advance of the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, at which the Asian critique of the universality of human rights norms was anticipated (Human Rights Watch 1992).
Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia was more a movement of intellectuals and artists than a popular mobilization, but at the key moment in 1989, its leaders were ready to take to the streets themselves: not only did they help organize the demonstrations that brought down communist rule, but they put themselves at the forefront of those protests. People, as well as shame, were mobilized. It is instructive that the two next watch committees to be formed – Asia Watch (1985) and Africa Watch (1988) – were rarely able to use the same repertoire of leveraging hypocrisy and mobilizing shame to similar effect.
Chouliaraki, L. (2013) The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the age of posthumanitarianism, London: Polity. David, H. (2007) ‘Transnational advocacy in the eighteenth century: transatlantic activism and the anti-slavery movement’, Global Networks, 7(3): 367–82. Davies, T. R. (2011) ‘The rise and fall of transnational civil society: the evolution of international nongovernmental organizations since the mid-nineteenth century’, in L. ), Global Activism Reader, New York: Continuum. De Waal, A. (1997) Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa, London: James Currey.
Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism by Alex de Waal