Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda by Adam Branch
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Adam Branch, in Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda, sets out to critique the various ways the international community intervenes in, and otherwise affects, domestic conflict situations with the avowed goal of protecting human rights. Through the lens of the conflict in Northern Uganda, we see how such human rights interventions are instrumentalized and may end up having an opposite effect to the one intended. While there is other literature looking at the negative/unintended consequences of international human rights action, what Branch brings to the table is a breadth of analysis while simultaneously focusing on Uganda—a welcome contribution, given the lack of work in the area on Uganda (as opposed to, for example, Rwanda or Darfur).
Branch begins by noting that despite the vast amount of resources and effort poured into northern Uganda, little has changed. He partially situates this observation within an analysis of the “official discourse” of the...