Title

The Evictions at Nyamuma: Struggles over Land and the Limits of Human Rights Advocacy in Tanzania

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication

L. White and Jeremy Perelman eds. Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty, (Stanford University Press)

Abstract

Many human rights advocates agree that conventional advocacy tools— reporting abuses to international tribunals or shaming the perpetrators of human rights violations—have proven ineffective. Increasingly, social justice advocates are looking to social and economic rights strategies as promising avenues for change. However, widespread skepticism remains as to how to make such rights real on the ground.

Stones of Hope engages with the work of remarkable African advocates who have broken out of the conventional boundaries of human rights practice to challenge radical poverty. Through a sequence of case studies and interpretive essays, it illustrates how human rights can be harnessed to generate democratic institutional innovations. Ultimately, this book brings the reader down from the heights of official human rights forums to the ground level of advocacy. It is a must-read for human rights advocates, development practitioners, students, educators, and all others interested in an equitable global society.

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