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AFRO-NETS> Food for thought in the language of logic
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Food for thought in the language of logic
- From: Claudio Schuftan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 11:56:54 -0400 (EDT)
Food for thought in the language of logic
Human Rights Reader 48
A CASE OF LOGIC --THE HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY SYLLOGISM:
1. Advocacy actually is a form of political activism.
2. If 1. is true, advocacy is part of a struggle.
3. What struggle? Ultimately, I contend, a part of the struggle for
4. If 3. is true, advocacy is a dialectical exercise of the fight of
opposing forces and boils down to power brokering to change the
balance of power in favor of people whose rights are being vio-
5. Therefore, advocacy is about gaining the upper hand, gaining posi-
tions of strength.
6. Therefore, advocacy is about empowerment of progressively growing
numbers of individuals and organizations.
7. If 1. through 6. are true, what concretely does this compel us to
do in Human Rights work? This, I will leave for you to answer...
(But remember, whatever cakes you bake are the ones you will have
After this, I need to further ask you: should you be advocating for,
- on behalf of, or with the people whose rights are being violated?
Advocacy involves taking a political stand on particular issues and
principles -- and this often antagonizes governments. Ultimately,
people need to take their own fates into their own hands, and it is
that which most (Third World) countries' governments do not like.
[*]: Keep in mind that the side without power is always the side ac-
cused of being irrational. (X. Zhang)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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