Human Rights and Peace: Ideas, Laws, Institutions and Movements (South Asian Peace Studies series)

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Human Rights and Peace: Laws, Institutions and Movements explores the shifts in the way peace has been envisaged in the rhetoric and practice of human rights. Peace has come to be seen as a continuing process of the pursuit of liberation, a progressive dismantling of relationships, of exploitation based on gender, caste, class, race, ethnicity and nationality, and a countervailing force to the coercive practices of the state. Woven around the themes of ideas, laws and institutions, and movements, the articles in this volume show how peace has become an over-arching framework in the domain of human rights. The book traces how the idea of peace has transformed from a passive condition of ′sepulchral silence′ associated with ′guided′ peace, into a praxis led by and producing radical politics of liberatory change.

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" The distinct claims that peace makes to durable rights which are not subject to arbitrary withdrawals or selective investment by the state;

" The articulations of right to peace in the largely unexplored processes of ′conflict resolution′ in South Asia; and

" The role of human rights movement and institutions in situations of prolonged absence of peace, sustained repression by the state, and unprecedented growth in non-state violence of all kinds.

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Human Rights and Peace, fourth in the South Asian Peace Studies series, is a useful contribution to the expanding body of literature on the subject...This volume is a timely contribution, both to the theoretical literature on peace studies, and to empirical practices of civil liberties and human rights movements. It also has the potential to inform policy on the design and working of state institutions promoting rights and deepening democracy...This volume both catalogues and describes those multiple struggles, and locates them in the context of established concepts of human rights and peace.

(Pacific Affairs)

The book contains powerful accounts of the human rights challenges in the South Asian region; wars and conflicts, inter-ethnic disputes, the plight of displaced persons and the terror of extra-judicial killings and apparently state-sponsored violence.

(Peace and Conflict Studies: Journal of Peace Psychology)

This is a timely volume of essays, significant in the context of the present times of unprecedented turmoil and a stealthy erosion of the rights and liberties of an ever-increasing majority, who as the  editor rightly points out, continue to be rendered ‘ rightless’, even amidst an ever-expanding range of human rights instruments and laws. This collection of essays paints a broad canvas of the multifaceted interplay of rights and peace and underscores the inextricable link between the two.

(The Book Review)

This book is an insightful resource for students and researchers of peace studies, human rights, politics and international relations. It s also an invaluable idea bank for activists, think tanks and policy makers who seek to understand the evolving paradigm of peace and human rights.

(The Tribune)

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