Whose Rights? Whose Responsibilities?: Human Rights in Africa and the USA

Chair: Briggs Bomba (Zimbabwe)

Panelists: Briggs Bomba (Zimbabwe), Gerald Lenoir (USA), Muadi Mukenge (in USA, from DRC)

Specific Questions

  1. International human rights initiatives can backfire when the international role makes it easy for human rights abusers to portray them as outside interventions. How can international solidarity campaigns move away from the problematic international-national dichotomy and give primacy to local human rights groups and their allies in neighboring countries?
  2. There is often competition for attention and resources among groups suffering from systematic human rights abuses. How can we build mutual respect and solidarity among diverse groups working for universal human rights?

Arrangements for video recording are courtesy of Don Cooney and Basil Clunie