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Human Rights and Peace: Ideas, Laws, Institutions and Movements

by Ujjwal Kumar Singh SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date:
01/2009
ISBN:
9788178298849
Format:
Pbk 364 pages
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AU$55.99 NZ$57.39
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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.

The volume examines:
- 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
- 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.

Human Rights and Peace: An Introduction - Ujjwal Kumar Singh
PART I: IDEAS AND VISIONS
Introduction - Anupama Roy
Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace - Director-General of UNESCO
In Life, In Death - Ranabir Samaddar
Archiving Disquiet: Feminist Praxis and the Nation-State - Uma Chakravarti
Democracy in Search of Dignity - Gopal Guru
On Liberation: Biography of a Consciousness - Manoranjan Mohanty
PART II: ENCOUNTERING UNDEMOCRATIC LAWS
Introduction - Bikram Jeet Batra
POTA and Beyond: The Silent Erosion - Ujjwal Kumar Singh
Gendered Face of Extraordinary Powers in North-East India - Paula Banerjee
Dalit Lynching at Dulina: Cow-Protection, Caste and Communalism - People's Union for Democratic Rights
War in the Heart of India - Independent Citizens' Initiative
Borders in the Mind, Bangladeshis: a Nowhere Policy for a Nowhere People - Pamela Philipose
PART III: RIGHTS MOVEMENTS AND INSTITUTIONS
Introduction - Ajay Gudavarthy
The Concept of Civil Liberties - Ram Manohar Lohia
Terrorism, State Terrorism and Democratic Rights - Randhir Singh
Human Rights Movement(s) in India: State, Civil Society and Beyond - Ajay Gudavarthy
Reduced to Ashes: The Insurgency and Human Rights in Punjab - Ram Narayan Kumar
The Punjab Mass Cremations Case: A Postscript - Ashok Aggarwal
National Human Rights Commissions and Internally Displaced Persons: The Sri Lankan Experience - Mario Gomes
Consolidated Bibliography
Index

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.