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The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses ...

Asymmetric Non-International Violent Conflicts: Challenges to the Protection of Human Rights
Asymmetric non-international violent conflicts: Challenges to the protection of human rights
Hans J.Giessmann
Introduction

The overwhelming majority of all armed conflicts today are asymmetric and see both state actors and non-state actors fighting against each other. The root causes of these conflicts are political, and the use of force by oppressed people – or in their names – to get rid of a ruling regime or to secede from a multi-ethnic state reflects what Edward Azar has pointedly called a ‘socially protracted conflict’ (Azar, 1990: 12). However, many conflict analyses and most practical political approaches to conflict resolution still start from a primarily state-based perspective, that is, they usually consider armed non-state actors to be spoilers, no ...

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