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; 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.

POTA and Beyond: The Silent Erosion

POTA and beyond: The silent erosion
Ujjwal KumarSingh

The repeal of Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) by way of an ordinance on 21 September 2004 had figured prominently in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which replaced the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The NDA accused the UPA of giving way to the pressures of coalition politics and for relinquishing an essential weapon in the nation's fight against terrorism. The spectre of the nation's vulnerability to international terrorism was recreated, reverberating from the discussions that had accompanied its enactment. Moreover, the jubilation over POTAs repeal shrouded other laws that continue to be in operation in parts of India, namely, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), the ...

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