“I’m tired of human rights campaigns that rely on invoking pity or sound preachy.”
A fiery university student uttered the sentence to me during a group discussion last Thursday. He was one of the participants of Sekolah Hak Asasi Manusia (SeHAMA / Human Rights School), where I was invited by the Commission for the Disappeared & Victims of Violence (KontraS) to deliver a session titled ‘Humanizing Human Rights Campaigns’.
I understand his sentiment. Campaigns for human rights advocate for some of the most pressing changes of our time, but often fail to find an ear with their intended audiences.