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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / M A Y 2 0 1 2
But a backlash soon developed. In
a March 9 Associated Press article
(
www.ap.org
), R
odney Muhumuza
reports that some Ugandans accuse In-
visible Children of, variously, exagger-
ating the current situation on the
ground, oversimplifying a complicated
history, being “colonialist” and self-pro-
moting, and not spending enough di-
rectly on the people it intends to help.
Invisible Children has acknowl-
edged that its video overlooked many
nuances, but maintains it only in-
tended the documentary to put the
conflict “in an easily understandable
format.” It also points out that money
directly benefiting the cause accounted
for more than 80 percent of its spend-
ing from 2007 to 2011.
For more detailed background on
the Lord’s Resistance Army and efforts
to assist its victims, we invite you to
read two previous articles in the
For-
eign Service Journal
: “It’s Time to Win
the Battle for Uganda’s Children,” by
State Department employee Michael
Orona, in our July-August 2004 issue;
and Associated Press reporter George
Gedda’s description of “A Quest for
Peace in Uganda,” which we published
in February 2007.
Both issues are available in our on-
line archives
(
www.afsa.org/fsj
).
— Steven Alan Honley, Editor
Highlighting Human Rights
Three years ago, the Council on
Foreign Relations
(
www.cfr.org
)
launched its
Global Governance
Guide,
a media resource intended to
highlight vital global issues for an on-
line audience. Each section of the site
uses visual and interactive features to
delve into nonproliferation, finance,
oceans governance, climate change,
conflict prevention, public health and
counterterrorism.
The CFR has now added a human
rights component to the Guide, com-
prising an eight-minute video, a time-
line of significant events, issue briefs, a
matrix of pertinent institutions, an in-
teractive map displaying countries that
are signatories to human rights agree-
ments, and a list of resources. The site
focuses on four facets of the topic: legal
protection, capacity building, response
to atrocities, and women’s and chil-
dren’s rights.
For each of these areas, the cover-
age acknowledges the real progress the
international community has made
since World War II, but calls for addi-
tional measures. For instance, the
legal protection discussion centers on
the many inconsistencies in interna-
tional law and the need for more coun-
tries to ratify human rights treaties to
bring their protections into effect.
While the Guide doesn’t single out
the United States for failing to live up
to its soaring rhetoric, it does call on
Washington and its allies to treat
human rights as a universal priority,
rather than a peripheral concern.
—David J. Barton, Editorial Intern
Blood Money Talks
In the December 2010 edition of
Cybernotes, we reported that the
United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization
(
www.un
esco.org
) ha
d deferred acceptance of
a $3 million donation from Equatorial
Guinea to establish the UNESCO-
Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Interna-
tional Prize for Research in the Life
Sciences, named for the country’s pres-
ident.
UNESCO’s executive board took
that action in response to near-univer-
sal condemnation of the idea of cozy-
ing up to Africa’s second-longest-
serving dictator. (Obiang’s 32-year
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