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May 18, 2011
FEATURED DIALOGUE - Front Line Watchdogs: Monitoring Accountability for Human Rights
New Tactics and our featured resource practitioners for a dialogue on Front Line
Watchdogs: Monitoring accountability for human rights from May 18 to
Front line watchdogs come in all shapes and sizes. They can be seen in courtrooms ensuring fair trials, accompanying threatened human rights defenders, holding vigil outside police stations to prevent torture, protecting election ballot results, testing for discrimination, monitoring development aid projects, investigating toxic waste from companies, etc., etc. While government bodies and corporations are often expected to monitor and regulate themselves, self-regulation does not always successfully uphold rights. Front line watchdogs take on this important citizen role of holding communities, government and corporations accountable.
Watchdog monitoring provides an opportunity to analyze, understand and influence abusive systems of power and to engage community members in human rights work.
In this dialogue, we will explore successful front line watchdog tactics, and discuss lessons learned, challenges and opportunities for practitioners to adapt these tactics for their own issues and communities.