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IN HUMAN RIGHTS EMPOWERMENT, IT IS NOT ABOUT DREAMING AND COMING UP WITH UNREALISTIC STRATEGIES THAT LEAD TO A FUTURE THAT NEVER COMES TRUE. (N. Gordon)

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Food for mobilizing around a thought   Human Rights Reader 353   In this Reader, let me add some key ideas about empowerment, i.e., about people gaining mastery over their lives, community members assuming greater power or expanding their existing power from within so as to forcefully demand and achieve the changes they desire.   […]

THERE IS A WRONG USE OF VERBS WHEN REFERRING TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORK. WE DO NOT SAY ‘ENCOURAGE’, ‘LOBBY’, ‘DISCUSS’ OR ‘UNDERTAKE EFFORTS TO’; WE SAY ‘DEMAND’ –AND FOR THAT WE EMPOWER.

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Food for an un-opposable thought   Human Rights Reader 290   -As the French would say: Human rights are “difficilement opposables”, but are also “difficilement imposables”. -People have the right to be happy even if they are not allowed to. (A. Skarmeta)   1. To start with, let us recap: The value of human rights […]

IN HUMAN RIGHTS WORK, IT IS THE HIGHLY UNEQUAL RELATIONS OF POWER THAT SEVERELY LIMIT THE TERMS OF CITIZENS’ ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND REPRESENTATION.

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Food for a thought beyond mere consultation   Human Rights Reader 287   -Je participe, tu participes, il participe, nous participons….. ils profittent. (1968 Paris Revolution poster) -For human rights processes to be truly participatory, representation has to be timely, truly active, free and meaningful, i.e., “you come; you buy the land; you make a […]

IRON LAWS ABOUT PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEXT OF HUMAN RIGHTS WORK.

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Food for a thought elites will have to abide by  Human Rights Reader 238  – If the people will lead, the leaders will follow. (M.  Gandhi) – Changes in human rights are hardly ever achieved in a simple straightforward way –they bring about interior power struggles and resistance which need to be dealt with people’s counter-power. […]




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