Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda

Paperback | November 20, 2013

byAdam Branch

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Today, Western intervention is a ubiquitous feature of violent conflict in Africa. Humanitarian aid agencies, community peacebuilders, microcredit promoters, children's rights activists, the World Bank, the International Criminal Court, the U.S. military, and numerous others have involvedthemselves in African conflicts, all claiming to bring peace and human rights to situations where they are desperately needed. However, according to Adam Branch, Western intervention is not the solution to violence in Africa but, instead, can be a major part of the problem - often undermining humanrights and even prolonging war and intensifying anti-civilian violence. Based on an extended case study of Western intervention into northern Uganda's twenty-year civil war, and drawing on Branch's own extensive research and human rights activism there, this book lays bare the reductive understandings motivating Western intervention in Africa, the inadequate tools itinsists on employing, its refusal to be accountable to African citizenries, and, most important, its counterproductive consequences for peace, human rights, and justice. In short, Branch demonstrates how Western interventions undermine the efforts Africans themselves are undertaking to end violencein their own communities. The book does not end with critique, however. Motivated by a commitment to global justice, it proposes concrete changes for Western humanitarian, peacebuilding, and justice interventions as well as a new normative framework for re-orienting the Western approach to violentconflict in Africa around a practice of genuine solidarity.

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Today, Western intervention is a ubiquitous feature of violent conflict in Africa. Humanitarian aid agencies, community peacebuilders, microcredit promoters, children's rights activists, the World Bank, the International Criminal Court, the U.S. military, and numerous others have involvedthemselves in African conflicts, all claiming to...

Adam Branch is Associate Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University, USA, and Senior Research Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 20, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199351295

ISBN - 13:9780199351299

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Human Rights Intervention in Africa2. The Politics of Violence in Acholiland3. Humanitarianism, Violence, and the Camp4. Peacebuilding and Social Order5. Ethnojustice: The Turn to Culture6. The ICC and Human Rights Enforcement7. AFRICOM: Militarizing Peace8. Beyond InterventionAcronymsNotesReferencesIndex

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"This book provides a pessimistic, but much needed, critique of the history of foreign intervention in Northern Uganda. ... Responsible discussions of foreign policy must consider the ways in which 'great power politics' can hurt people in the name of protection; this book is an excellentplace to start that discussion." --The Christian Science Monitor