I’m of two minds here…on the one hand, by excluding the issue of human rights from the conversation over investment in Africa, the U.S. missed a major opportunity to push African nations to do more on the issue of human rights. On the other hand, given the current state of human rights inside the U.S. at times, doing so might’ve run the risk of those same African nations calling us out for hypocrisy.
Still, it was a missed opportunity, one that the U.S. should’ve taken, no matter where the chips may have fallen.
When Business Gets down to the Business of Human Rights Key Stakeholders are excluded
Posted by Melanie Nathan, August 20, 2014.
“At the U.S.-Africa Business Forum this month, President Barack Obama announced $33 billion in new private and government investment in sub-Saharan Africa, including new projects within Africa’s energy, aviation and construction sectors. Such robust U.S. investment in Africa holds immense potential to catalyze major economic development on the continent. Any investment in Africa, however, must be buttressed by effective measures designed to promote the welfare and human rights of everyday Africans. If history is to be our guide, the absence of such measures will have devastating consequences for everyday Africans, including poverty, social instability, corruption, and mass displacement.”
Such is the message from -This is what is reported directly from Frontline Justice:
A Blog of Global Rights: Partners for Justice:
A group of 52 African civil society organizations…
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