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Bearing witness: The burden of individual responsibility and the rule of law

From the book Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration

  • Alison Phipps


When humans are caught up in systems that inflict great suffering upon them, people of conscience have a responsibility to bear witness and those having privileges and mandates should offer solidarity and engage in practical action. This paper focusses on the ethical public responsibility of witnessbearing as the uncomfortable and provoking response to such suffering. It discusses the influence of narratives, images, photography, media and the arts, reports and reflects personal experiences as an important element of knowledge, and makes the case for actively bearing witness and expressing solidarity.

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