Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1996
Since the 1950s, sub-Saharan Africa has been the site of profound political changes initiated by ascendant nationalism and rapid decolonization. With this new beginning came fresh challenges involving many crucial aspects of human rights: self-determination; civil and political rights, including government legitimacy; military involvement in African politics; and unfulfilled basic needs that have cried out for economic and social development.
Protecting Human Rights in Africa is the first major comparative study of the way human rights NGOs have brought revolutionary change south of the Sahara. Governments are both the most important protectors and abusers of human rights, while NGOs have become the most effective detectives in discovering abuses and the most active advocates in seeking solutions.
"A wise, nuanced, and copiously referenced study for practitioners and donors as well as academic analysts."—Foreign Affairs
"One of the best books of its kind."—Journal of Southern African Studies
"Welch offers coherent analysis, incisive insights, and questions of central importance."—Human Rights Quarterly