Every African journalist, analyst and commentator should read Professor James Peck's seminal book, Ideal Illusions, to understand the fundamental fraud represented by these so-called “human rights” non-governmental organisations that are neither about human rights nor independent of the Western governments that fund them or which encourage their foundations and wealthy individuals to finance them.
Suffice to say that all these non-governmental organisations work in close concert with their governments and other establishment institutions to advance national goals or to attack governments of countries they consider insufficiently subservient to their goals and interests.
Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and all similar organisations are all part of the West's armoury for promoting Western geo-political objectives under a very thin veneer of concern for human rights.
In reality, they couldn't care less for our rights; they only give them a convenient hook from which to do their bit, usually to attack governments that fail to fully subscribe to the West's agenda.
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