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Adam Branch during an interview for the film 'A Brilliant Genocide in Uganda 2012.

Adam Branch is currently at Cambridge University however at the time he was a senior lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala.

Displacing Human Rights
War and Intervention in Northern Uganda
Author Adam Branch

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 US military, and numerous others have involved themselves 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 human rights 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, Displacing Human Rights lays bare the reductive understandings motivating Western intervention in Africa, the inadequate tools it insists 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 violence in their own communities. Displacing Human Rights 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 violent conflict in Africa around a practice of genuine solidarity.

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This channel is a part of our Educate & Stimulate interactive media project, an extension of our feature documentary 'A Brilliant Genocide', a film about the war in Northern Uganda. See the trailer

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This channel is a part of our Educate & Stimulate interactive media project, an extension of our feature documentary 'A Brilliant Genocide', a film about the war in Northern Uganda. See the trailer

We share media and information about human rights in Uganda, democracy, resource wars, the 'Kony' war, peace, criminal and social justice and truth and reconciliation - that didn't make it to the final cut of our feature film.

We also share some sneak previews from the documentary. Our aim is to create discussion and promote dialogue about issues relating to human rights, justice, peace, conflict and democracy in Uganda and around the world.

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Soon we will add some full interviews with people that were amazing but we simply filmed too much and interviewed too many people to be able to include them in the film.

We will also stream videos on our new website through our new educate and stimulate initiative to encourage people to look deeper into issues, beyond what one is fed by corporate media, leading you closer to the truth!

The current focus is on democracy in Uganda, which is quite timely given the fact that Uganda recently held fraudulent elections and the contested winner, Dr Kizza Besigye, is now in prison facing treason charges. Millions of his supporters refer to him as 'The people's President' and Besigye is also a key character in our film.


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